Early life history of Helice tridens latimera was observed in the laboratory conditions through observing the larval metamorphosis and salinity optimization for the larvae. Larval development consisted of 5 zoeal and 1 megalopal stages before they molted to the first crab stage. Hundred percent survival rate of zoea I-V and megalopa at water salinity of 30 and 20 ppt, respectively, suggest that larvae of H. tridens latimera pass a free swimming life in the offshore waters and recruit to the brackish water at the megalopal stage, and spend almost all of their life in the mangrove area.
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M. Y. Mia, S. Shokita and N. Shikatani, 2001. Early Life History of Estuarine Grapsid Crab, Helice tridens latimera. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 4: 1437-1439.