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Pleopod Cuticular Morphology as an Index of Moult Stage in the Ornate Rock Lobster, Panulirus ornatus (Fabricius 1789)

Turnbull, Clive T. (1989) Pleopod Cuticular Morphology as an Index of Moult Stage in the Ornate Rock Lobster, Panulirus ornatus (Fabricius 1789). Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 40 (3). pp. 285-293.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF9890285

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au

Abstract

Seven discrete stages and substages of moulting in the ornate rock lobster, Panulirus ornatus, have been distinguished by microscopic examination of the cuticle and setae of the pleopods . The diagnostic features and the duration of each of the stages are described. Freezing did not visually alter the tissue features used to identify each moult stage. Pleopod morphology can reliably indicate whether a lobster has moulted within the previous 24 h or is within 72 h of the next ecdysis.

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Additional Information:Reproduced with permission from CSIRO Publishing. Access to published version may be available via Publisher’s website.
Keywords:Panulirus ornatus; moult state; moulting; ornate rock lobster; pleopod morphology.
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery for individual species
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Shellfish fisheries
Deposited On:09 Jul 2004
Last Modified:17 Nov 2011 05:33

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