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Embryonic and larval development of a Porcellanid crab (Decapoda-Anomura) Pachycheles chubutensis (Boshi, 1963) in Patagonia
Congreso; 9th International Congress of Reproduction in Marine Invertebrates; 2001
Institución organizadora:
Rhodes University
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