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Brazilian Journal of Biology

versión impresa ISSN 1519-6984

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OLIVEIRA, MR. et al. Reproductive aspects of the flyingfish, Hirundichthys affinis from the Northeastern coastal waters of Brazil. Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2015, vol.75, n.1, pp.198-207. ISSN 1519-6984.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1519-6984.11513.

The epipelagic flyingfish, Hirundichthys affinis is a major artisanal fishery resource from the Northeastern coastal waters of Brazil. However, biological information about this species has been poorly documented. This paper presents data on the length-weight relationship, sex ratio, length at first sexual maturity, gonadal development and fecundity of H. affinis sampled from the coastal waters of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The total body length and weight for both sexes ranged from 23.4 to 29.4 cm and from 89 to 188g, respectively. The allometric coefficient of males was 2.208 and that of females was 2.985, indicating negatively allometric growth. The sex ratio was 1M:1.6F thus differing from the expected ratio of 1:1 (χ2 = 18.63). The total length at first sexual maturity was estimated at 27.3 cm for males and 27.1 cm for females. The macroscopic characteristics of the gonads indicated four maturation stages. Histological studies of gonads of H. affinis showed seven phases of oocyte development and four phases of spermatocyte development. The mean absolute fecundity was 9092 vitelogenic oocytes. Spawning occurred during the months of March to July. The microscopic descriptions of the stages of gonad maturation indicate that the study area is an important spawning ground of H. affinis.

Palabras clave : sex ratio; histology of gonads; fecundity; reproductive period.

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