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Temperature and Salinity Tolerances of the Tropical Spiny Lobster, Panulirus ornatus

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Jones, C.M. (2009) Temperature and Salinity Tolerances of the Tropical Spiny Lobster, Panulirus ornatus. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, 40 (6). pp. 744-752.

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-7345.2009.00294.x

Publisher URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com


Interest in the development of aquaculture of the tropical spiny lobster, Panulirus ornatus, has increased markedly over the past 10 yr because of strong market demand and high prices. In Australia, economic conditions will necessitate that a semi-intensive approach be taken, possibly involving managed environmental conditions. Identification of optimal temperature and salinity levels will be necessary, and therefore two experiments were performed to examine these two parameters. Juvenile lobsters were grown in tanks at five temperatures (19, 22, 25, 28 and 31 C). Growth was significantly affected by temperature (P < 0.01), and maximal growth occurred at 25-31 C. Examination of the temperature effect on molt increment and intermolt period indicated that 27 C was the optimal temperature, at which molt increment was greatest and intermolt period the least. Temperature also had a significant (P < 0.01) positive effect on apparent feed intake (AFI). Juvenile lobsters were also exposed to four different salinities (20, 25, 30 and 35 ppt) over a period of 91 d. Significant differences (P < 0.01) were apparent for both survival and growth. Lowest survival occurred at 35 ppt which may be attributable to higher cannibalism at that salinity. Growth was highest at 35 ppt and progressively less at lower salinities. Although full marine salinity (35 ppt) will generate best performance of P. ornatus, its capacity to tolerate reduced salinity will provide greater opportunity to develop commercial aquaculture.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:DEEDI
Additional Information:© The State of Queensland (through the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation).
Keywords:Tropical spiny lobster; aquaculture; survival; growth; ammonia.
Subjects:Science > Statistics
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Aquaculture > Fish culture
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