Revista Brasileira de Zoologia
versión impresa ISSN 0101-8175
BARRETO, Aline do V.; SILVA, José R. F.; KATSURAGAWA, Mario y RAPOSO, Maria C. F.. Development of the ovaries of the lobster Panulirus echinatus (Crustacea: Palinuridae) based on macroscopic and microscopic examination and gonadosomatic relation (GSR). Rev. Bras. Zool. [online]. 2008, vol.25, n.4, pp. 689-695. ISSN 0101-8175. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81752008000400014.
The developmental stages of the ovaries of the lobster Panulirus echinatus Smith, 1869 were characterized using macroscopic and microscopic features and the gonadosomatic relation (GSR). Based on monthly samples (November, 1999 to October, 2000), a total of 711 females were captured using gillnets. The dorsal region of the carapace was removed to evaluate the ovaries, which were dissected, weighted, preserved in Bouin's solution, and submitted to histological procedures. The microscopic analysis of the ovaries was assessed by the presence of germinative cells in different developmental phases. When this analysis was combined with macroscopical observations (changes in color and volume of the gonads in the cephalothorax) and GSR, five developmental stages could be identified: immature (I), intermediate (II); pre-maturation (III); mature (IV) and post-spawning stage (V). Statistical analyses confirmed that GSR can be used as an indicator of developmental stage.
Palabras llave : Histology; indicator of maturity; spiny lobster; Decapoda.