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larvaLarve (ger.)

  • The juvenile stage in the life cycle of most invertebrates, amphibians, and fish, which hatches from the egg, is unlike the adult in form, and is normally incapable of sexual reproduction (see paedogenesis). It develops into the adult by undergoing metamorphosis. Larvae can feed themselves and are otherwise self-supporting. Examples are the tadpoles of frogs, the caterpillars of butterflies, and the ciliated planktonic larvae of many marine animals. (Oxford Dict. of Biology 2008)
    Chrysomela [Coleoptera] [...] Habitat in Lilio, Convallaria [...], cujus larva tecta legitur proprio stercore.
    Linné, C. von (1746). Fauna svecica: 150 (Nr. 425); cf. 201; 232; 248; 274; 322; 326; 337.
    Cynips. [...] Larva intra Gallam.
    Linné, C. von (1748). Systema naturae, 6th ed. (Leipzig): 64 (Nr. 188); cf. 213.
    The two small ones [sc. lizards] are Larvæ, with their branchial fins, which drop off when they quit the water.
    Pennant, T. (1770). British Zoology (new ed.), vol. IV: 37.