noun, plural nauplii [naw-plee-ahy] .
(in many crustaceans) a larval form with three pairs of appendages and a single median eye, occurring usually as the first stage of development after leaving the egg.

1830–40; < Latin: a kind of shellfish

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nauplius (ˈnɔːplɪəs)
n , pl -plii
the larva of many crustaceans, having a rounded unsegmented body with three pairs of limbs
[C19: from Latin: type of shellfish, from Greek Nauplios, one of the sons of Poseidon]

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Summation of the demands from all nauplii provided an estimate of the total metabolic demand by the nauplius community.
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