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Observations on some reproductive traits of Triops granarius (Lucas) (Crustacea: Notostraca)

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Reproductive traits of Triops granarius females were examined. Fertilization by males was a prerequisite for oviposition. Clutch size ranged from 1 to 154, and clutch frequency (per 24 hours) from 1 to 9. Clutch size generally increased with increasing body size and increasing age. Total reproductive output was dependent upon life span, and estimated at around 200 eggs for a life span of 25 days. Clutch data indicate that T. granarius may have r-selected traits.

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Meintjes, S. Observations on some reproductive traits of Triops granarius (Lucas) (Crustacea: Notostraca). Hydrobiologia 325, 213–218 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00014986

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Key words

  • Clutch size
  • clutch frequency
  • reproductive output
  • life span
  • moulting