Growth of Aegla manuinflata (Decapoda, Anomura, Aeglidae) in natural environment

André Trevisan Sandro Santos About the authors

The aim of this work was to evaluate the growth of Aegla manuinflata Bond-Buckup & Santos, 2009 in natural environment. Samplings were monthly performed, from April/2006 to May/2007, in a tributary of Ibicuí-Mirim River, which belongs to the Uruguay River basin, at São Pedro do Sul municipality, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Traps and dip nets were used to collect the animals. The specimens were sexed and had their cephalothoracic length (CL) measured, using a digital caliper with 0.01 mm precision. The growth was evaluated using the von Bertalanffy model. The growth curves in length (mm), for the data obtained through the modal progression, are described by the equations: Ct = 28.00 [1 - e-0.0047(t+10.63)] for males and Ct = 25.16 [1 - e-0.0051(t+17.65)] for females. The maximum estimated age for males was three years and for females was two years and six months.

Age estimative; von Bertalanffy model; recruitment

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