Chesapeake Science

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 221–222 | Cite as

Growth of young oyster crabs,Pinnotheres ostreum Say, reared in the laboratory

  • Paul A. Sandifer
Short Papers and Notes

Abstract

Pre-hard juvenile oyster crabs,Pinnotheres ostreum, were reared from the egg in the laboratory. A minimum of 18 days was required for larval development, after which the young crabs passed through several (up to 10) growth molts during 103 days. Survivors ranged from 0.82 to 1.61 mm in carapace width at the end of the experiment. Mean growth (measured as mean increase in carapace width) ranged from about 10 to 18% of the previous carapace width for each of the first six postlarval molts.

Literature Cited

  1. BEACH, N. W. 1969. The oyster crab,Pinnotheres ostreum Say, in the vicinity of Beaufort, North Carolina.Crustaceana 17:187–199.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. CHRISTENSEN, A. M., and J. J. McDERMOTT. 1958. Life-history and biology of the oyster crab,Pinnotheres ostreum Say.Biol. Bull. 114:146–179.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. DEAN, D. and P. A. HATFIELD. 1963. Holding small aquatic invertebrates for observation.Turtox News 41:43.Google Scholar
  4. GRAY, I. E., 1961. Changes in abundance of the commensal crabs ofChaetopterus.Biol. Bull. 120:353–359.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. McDERMOTT, J. J. 1961. The incidence and host-parasite relations of pinnotherid crabs in bivalve molluscs of New Jersey.Ecol. Soc. America, Bull. 42:82.Google Scholar
  6. McDERMOTT, J. J. 1962. The incidence and host-parasite relations of pinnotherid crabs (Decapoda, Pinnotheridae). Proc. First Nat. Coastal and Shallow Water Res. Conf., October, 1961:162–164.Google Scholar
  7. SANDIFER, P. A., and W. A. VAN ENGEL. 1970.Modiolus demissus: a new host for the oyster crab,Pinnotheres ostreum, in Virginia.The Veliger 13:145–146.Google Scholar
  8. SANDOZ, M., and S. H. HOPKINS. 1947. Early life history of the oyster crabPinnotheres ostreum (Say).Biol. Bull. 93:250–258.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. STAUBER, L. A. 1945.Pinnotheres ostreum, parasitic on the american oyster,Ostrea (Gryphaea) virginica.Biol. Bull. 88:269–291.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Estuarine Research Federation 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Sandifer
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia Institute of Marine ScienceGloucester Point

Personalised recommendations