Marine Biology

, Volume 101, Issue 4, pp 503–511 | Cite as

Interannual variation in the reproductive cycle and biochemical composition of the cockle Cerastoderma edule from Mundaca Estuary (Biscay, North Spain)

  • E. Navarro
  • J. I. P. Iglesias
  • A. Larrañaga


Seasonal determinants of body weight, biochemical composition and reproductive condition in the cockle Cerastoderma edule L. from the Mundaca Estuary, Spain, were performed from December 1983 to July 1985. Interannual differences in timing of gametogenesis and spawning between 1984 and 1985 were correlated with temporal variations in the cycles of storage and utilisation of carbohydrate reserves. Young individuals exhibited larger annual fluctuations in soft-body weight, displaying higher growth rates in spring and greater diminishment of energy reserves during autumn and winter than older individuals. Carbohydrate content displayed a similar tendency, levels being lower in young individuals throughout the year.


Growth Rate Body Weight Carbohydrate Temporal Variation High Growth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Navarro
    • 1
  • J. I. P. Iglesias
    • 1
  • A. Larrañaga
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biología Animal y Genética, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko UnibertsitateaBilbaoSpain

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