noun (plural nauplii /ˈnɔːplɪʌɪ/ /ˈnɔːplɪiː/)Zoology
The first larval stage of many crustaceans, having an unsegmented body and a single eye.
- Some crustaceans hatch young that are like miniature adults; others go through a larval stage called a nauplius.
- The shape of the body differs considerably between nauplii and copepodids.
- Most metamorphosing malacostracans have a nauplius larva, but in many species eggs hatch into zoea larvae.
Mid 19th century: from Latin, denoting a kind of shellfish, or from the Greek name Nauplios, the son of Poseidon.
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