Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 42–50 | Cite as

Assessment of Maturity, Reproduction and Reproductive Potentials of Torpedo Scad, Megalaspis cordyla (Linnaeus, 1758) from Northern Arabian Sea Coast of Pakistan

  • Nazia Qamar
  • Sher Khan Panhwar


Port landing specimens of torpedo scad, Megalaspis cordyla were collected at monthly intervals from August 2013 to June 2014 from the northern Arabian Sea coast of Pakistan. The life history characteristics revealed that torpedo scad has a prolonged breeding season which occurred with two peaks: from May to June and from November to February. The spawning seasonality was also validated with microscopic gonad examination.The highest GSI value was noted in May and January whereas the lowest in November was recorded for both sexes. The age at which individuals of both sexes become 50% mature (t50) was estimated as 2.44 year. Life span (tmax) calculated as 3.96 years for male and females. The size of 270 and 265 mm at which 50% individuals attained sexual maturity (L50) was determined for males and females respectively. The reproductive potential (fecundity)was made from ten ripe females ranged from 29–43.8 cm TL and weighing 220–540 g of IV–V developmental stage was enumerated as 32306–236677 eggs (CV = 2.135) with an average number of eggs 86544 counted per ripe female/season. This study contains fundamental data of an important fish species in the northern Arabian Sea coast of Pakistan. It provides vital information to the fisheries managers for implementation on sustainable use of the resource during spawning season.


Age and size at sexual maturity gonad annual development reproductive potential horse mackerel northern Arabian Sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fishery Biology Laboratory, Centre of Excellence in Marine BiologyUniversity of KarachiSindhPakistan

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