Mothers brood eggs, which are released into the water as nauplius larvae. These planktonic larvae undergo five molts to become a non-feeding cypris with six pairs of legs. Cyprids attach to suitable substrate (avoiding potential predators or competitors) and metamorphose into the adult form. They reach adult size in about two years. The entire lifespan is about 10 years. (Cowles et al., 2002)
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