Reproductive Biology

Monogamous; found in male-female pairs that can form while they are still juveniles. Female is often the larger of the pair. Reproduces nearly year round, with females molting and mating within two days of hatching the previous brood. Larvae develop as planktonic zoeae; in captivity they take 120-210 days to complete development. Number of larval stages may vary with conditions; as many as nine zoeal stages have been ob-

served. Banded shrimp may delay settlement until an appropriate location is found.

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