heterometabolous metamorphosis
adj. [Gr. heteros, different; metabole, change]
(ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
Developing by incomplete or direct metamorphosis where there is no pupal stage; the immature resemble adult insects and are known as nymphs. heteromorph n. [Gr. heteros, different; morphe, form]
(ARTHROPODA: Crustacea)
An adult female dimorphic ostracod, recognizable by carapace structure.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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