n. [Gr. kryptos, hidden; oniskos, sowbug]
(ARTHROPODA: Crustacea)
An intermediate, planktonic larval stage of epicaridean isopods with pereopods modified as holdfasts, that is seeking a permanent host; stage after epicaridium.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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