, Volume 318, Issue 3, pp 139–151 | Cite as

The reproductive biology of the cyprinid, Thynnichthys thynnoides (Bleeker), in the Chenderoh Reservoir — a small tropical reservoir in Malaysia

  • Ahyaudin B. Ali
  • Bat-Kamaruzaman A. Kadir


The reproductive biology and breeding cycle of a tropical cyprinid, Thynnichthys thynnoides (Bleeker), from Chenderoh Reservoir, Malaysia was studied from June 1991 to November 1992. A total of 329 and 246 mature females and males and 167 immature females were sampled during the study. Three breeding cycles were observed and the cycles coincided with high reservoir water level which resulted in the floodings of the littoral zone. Five and four gonad developmental stages were observed for females and males, respectively. Oocyte diameter distribution study indicated the species was a total spawner although clutches of ripe oocytes might be released over an extended time period. Fecundity was related to body weight and both absolute and relative fecundity increased with body size. Absolute fecundity ranged from 26962 ± 1484 to 173520 ± 127420 eggs fish−1, whereas relative fecundity ranged from 121 ± 53 to 451 ± 259 eggs g−1 body weight, respectively.

Key words

Reproductive biology cyprinid Thynnichthys thynnoides reservoir tropic Malaysia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahyaudin B. Ali
    • 1
  • Bat-Kamaruzaman A. Kadir
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia

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