AskDefine | Define larvas

Extensive Definition

A larva (Latin; plural larvae) is a juvenile form of animal with indirect development, undergoing metamorphosis (for example, insects or amphibians).
The larva can look completely different from the adult form, for example, a caterpillar differs from a butterfly. Larvae often have special (larval) organs which do not occur in the adult form. The larvae of some species can become pubescent and not further develop into the adult form (for example, in some newts). This is a type of neoteny.
It is a misunderstanding that the larval form always reflects the group's evolutionary history. It could be the case, but often the larval stage has evolved secondarily, as in insects. In these cases the larval form might differ more from the group's common origin than the adult form.
The early life stages of most fish species are considerably different from juveniles and adults of their species and are called larvae.
Names of various kinds of larvae:
larvas in Arabic: يرقة
larvas in Bulgarian: Ларва
larvas in Catalan: Larva
larvas in Czech: Larva
larvas in Danish: Larve
larvas in German: Larve
larvas in Spanish: Larva
larvas in Esperanto: Larvo
larvas in Persian: لارو
larvas in French: Larve
larvas in Galician: Larva
larvas in Indonesian: Larva
larvas in Italian: Larva
larvas in Hebrew: פגית
larvas in Lithuanian: Lerva
larvas in Hungarian: Lárva
larvas in Dutch: Larve
larvas in Japanese: 幼虫
larvas in Norwegian: Larve
larvas in Occitan (post 1500): Baba
larvas in Polish: Larwa
larvas in Portuguese: Larva
larvas in Quechua: Qirisa
larvas in Russian: Личинка
larvas in Simple English: Larva
larvas in Slovak: Larva
larvas in Serbian: Ларва
larvas in Finnish: Toukka
larvas in Swedish: Larv
larvas in Vietnamese: Ấu trùng
larvas in Turkish: Larva
larvas in Ukrainian: Личинка
larvas in Chinese: 幼虫
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