Marine Biology

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 152–159 | Cite as

Reproductive cycle and gametogenesis in the black abalone Haliotis cracheroidii (Gastropoda: Prosobranchiata)

  • H. H. Webber
  • A. C. Giese


Seasonal changes in gonald size and stages of gametogenesis in the black abalone Haliotis cracheroidii were related to changes in environmental parameters. H. cracheroidii showed an annual reproductive cycle terminating in a synchronized spawning in late summer. Gametogenesis was initiated immediately after spawning. Gametes were present in the gonad through the winter months. Gametogenesis was initiated a second time in the spring months. Maximal gonad growth (to a gonad index of 20%) occurred during summer months prior to spawning. Changes in gonad size andperiods of initiation of gametogenesis revealed no apparent correlation with changes in seasonal water temperature. Changes in gonad size showed no apparent relation to change in day length. Total polysaccharide levels in foot tissue changed seasonally, indicating that food availability is probably not a factor in directly regulating gonad growth. Gonad index data for the chiton Katharina tunicata (collected over a 10 year period) showed no apparent correlation to seasonal change in water temperature.


Polysaccharide Water Temperature Seasonal Change Late Summer Index Data 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. H. Webber
    • 1
  • A. C. Giese
    • 2
  1. 1.Hopkins Marine StationPacific GroveUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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