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Marine Biology

, Volume 151, Issue 3, pp 961–971 | Cite as

Growth and reproductive biology of the small penaeid shrimp Trachysalambria curvirostris in Tokyo Bay

  • Ryo Yamada
  • Keita Kodama
  • Takashi Yamakawa
  • Toshihiro Horiguchi
  • Ichiro Aoki
Research Article

Abstract

We investigated the growth and reproductive biology of the penaeid shrimp Trachysalambria curvirostris in Tokyo Bay, Japan, by monthly bottom-trawl surveys from May 2002 to December 2004. We also examined oogenesis in T. curvirostris by histological observation of the ovary. Females grew faster and attained a larger body size for age than males. The growth rate was high in summer and low in winter and was likely to be associated with seasonal changes in water temperature. The carapace length (CL) at which 50% of females contained vitellogenic oocytes was estimated to be 17.0 mm. The reproductive season extended from May to October. Young-of-the-year appeared in October and could be traced across the months on CL histograms to the following September or October, indicating a 1-year life cycle. This extended reproductive season, together with our observation of asynchronous development of oocytes in the ovary, suggests that multiple spawning by individual females may occur during the reproductive season. Postovulated oocytes were not found among the samples we collected during the daytime, suggesting that final oocyte maturation and spawning occur at night. Cortical crypts in the cytoplasm of the oocyte, considered to be a general feature of oogenesis in penaeid shrimps, were not found in T. curvirostris, even in oocytes undergoing germinal vesicle breakdown. This result implies that the cortical reaction after spawning of T. curvirostris may be different from that of other penaeid shrimps.

Keywords

Mature Female Reproductive Season Carapace Length Ovarian Maturity Vitellogenic Oocyte 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank W. Doi, A. Goto, T. Masu, T. Kaneko, T. Fujino, and S. Ochiai, Dr H. Tanaka, and the fishers of the Shiba Branch, Yokohama City Fisheries Cooperative Association, for their help with field sampling. We also thank T. Shimizu of the Kanagawa Prefectural Fisheries Technology Center for providing data on the water temperature in Tokyo Bay. This work was partly funded by a Sasakawa Scientific Research Grant from the Japan Science Society (16–403M).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryo Yamada
    • 1
    • 3
  • Keita Kodama
    • 2
  • Takashi Yamakawa
    • 1
  • Toshihiro Horiguchi
    • 2
  • Ichiro Aoki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Aquatic Bioscience, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Research Center for Environmental RiskNational Institute for Environmental StudiesTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Japan Energy CorporationSapporoJapan

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