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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

Print version ISSN 0101-8175

Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.11 no.4 Curitiba  1994

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81751994000400009 

Maturation and growth curves of Macrobrachium Carcinus (Linnaeus) (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae) from Ribeira de Iguape River, southern Brazil

 

 

Wagner C. ValentiI; Jeanette de T.C. de MelloII; Vera L. LobãoIII

IDepartamento de Biologia Aplicada, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinária e Núcleo de Estudos de Biologia, Ecologia e Cultivo de Crustáceos, Centro de Aquicultura, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rodovia CarlosTonanni Km 5, 14.870-000 Jaboticabal, São Paulo, Brasil, Bolsista do CNPq
IIDepartamento de Biologia, Iinstituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Caixa Postal 11461, 05422-970 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil
IIISeção de Aquicultura, Instituto de Pesca, Av. Francisco Matarazzo 455, 05131-900 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil, Bolsista do CNPq

 

 


ABSTRACT

In this paper, female Macrobrachium carcinus (Linnaeus, 1758) maturation curve, weight/length relationship, length and weight growth curves were studied. Prawns were captured, by traps, in Ribeira de Iguape river (24ºS and 47ºW), southern Brazil. There were used 207 females. It was observed that M. carcinus presents several spawnings during its life cycle and reproductive period goes on, at least till six years old. Weight/length relationship can be represented for the equation W = 8.73 E-3 L3.28. Expressions obtained for length and weight growth curves are Lt = 21 .0 (1-e-0493t) and Wt= 190 (1-e-0493t)3.28. respectively. A symptotic maximum length and asymptotic maximum weight are nearly attained at six and eight years old, respectively.

Key words: Crustacea, Macrobrachium, maturation, growth, prawn


 

 

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. We are grateful to Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) for financial support and to Instituto de Pesca da Secretaria da Agricultura e Abastecimento de São Paulo for the facilities in the Registro city laboratory. We either like to thank Miss Maria de Fátima F. de Magalhães, a Cultura Inglesa English teacher, for the language revision.

 

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Recebido em 30.III.1994; aceito em 11.X.1994.