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|Título:||Reproductive biology of Megabalanus azoricus (Pilsbry), the Azorean Barnacle|
|Autor:||Dionísio, Maria Ana|
Costa, Ana C.
|Citação:||"Invertebrate Reproduction & Development". ISSN 2157-0272. Volume 50, Issue 3 (2007), pp. 155–162(8).|
|Resumo:||The reproductive biology of Megabalanus azoricus (Pilsbry), the commercially exploited barnacle in the Azores, was studied in an attempt to provide the scientific basis for the sustainable management of this heavily exploited regional marine resource. Both the Ospar Commission and WWF have expressed concern for this species, considering it at risk and in urgent need for scientific study. Barnacles were collected every month from shallow water (.3 m depth) around São Miguel Island from October 2004 to September 2005. Individuals were measured and gonads processed for histology and analysed with a stereological method. M. azoricus has a hermaphroditic reproductive system with separate gonads and it was possible to describe the various stages of gametic maturation in both. Data on fertility were also obtained by egg counts and calculation of the Gonadosomatic index (GSI). Throughout the year, some specimens of M. azoricus can be found that rare mature, but two reproductive peaks were observed, one in January and a smaller one in July. A strong positive correlation between GSI and environmental factors such as photoperiod and water temperature was observed.|
|Descrição:||Copyright © 2007, Taylor & Francis.|
|Versão do Editor:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07924259.2007.9652240|
|Aparece nas colecções:||DBIO - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais / Articles in International Journals|
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