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Limb-loss in pond-reared blue swimmer crabs Portunus pelagicus (L.): Effect on growth in an indoor shedding system

Paterson, B. and Mann, D. and Kelly, B. and Barchiesi, M. (2007) Limb-loss in pond-reared blue swimmer crabs Portunus pelagicus (L.): Effect on growth in an indoor shedding system. Aquaculture Research, 38 (14). pp. 1569-1579.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2109.2006.01625.x

Publisher URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/home

Abstract

Limb-loss in crustaceans can reduce moult increment and delay or advance the timing of moulting, both aspects that are likely to impact upon soft-shell crab production. Pond-reared blue swimmer crabs Portunus pelagicus were harvested and maintained in a crab shedding system. The wet weight, carapace width (CW) and the occurrence of limb-loss were assessed before stocking in the shedding system and after each of the next three moults. Many of the crabs were initially missing one or two limbs and these did not grow as much as the crabs that were intact at the start of the trial. Despite its strong correlation with wet weight, CW changes proved to be misleading. Limb-loss reduced the %CW increment but not the per cent weight increment (where the later is calculated from the actual pre-moult weight). Pre-moult weight explained much of the variation in post-moult weight, with crabs moulting to approximately double their weight. Limb-loss reduced 'growth' and production from the pond because it reduced pre-moult weight but limb-loss did not alter the weight change on shedding a given weight of crabs, although some of that change now included regeneration of limbs. One can hypothesize that much of the size variation seen in pond-reared crabs may be due to accumulated effects of repeated limb-loss, rather than genetic variation.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Keywords:Autotomy; growth; moulting; regeneration.
Subjects:Aquaculture and Fisheries
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Shellfish fisheries
Deposited On:02 Feb 2009 02:38
Last Modified:06 Sep 2010 08:01

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