Zoology Publications from Victoria University of Wellington—Nos. 78, 79 and 80
The following species have been recorded from the New Zealand region: Alpheopsis garricki Yaldwyn, 1971, Alpheus nouvaezealandiae Miers, 1876, Alpheus richardsoni Yaldwyn, 1971, Alpheus socialis Heller, 1865 and Betaeopsis aequimanus (Dana, 1852). However, Yaldwyn (1959) noted that Alpheus novaezealandiae had not been found in New Zealand for 50 years. Early larvae of the other four species have been hatched and reared by the present author, and although not yet studied page 4in detail, it is possible to distinguish between them on the basis of the key provided below.
Larvae of the family Alpheidae can be distinguished by the following combination of characters.