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Morphometric changes associated with the reproductive cycle and behaviour of the intertidal-nesting, male plainfin midshipman Porichthys notatus

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Morphometric changes in body condition, liver, sonic muscle and gonadal development associated with the annual reproductive cycle and behaviour of the intertidal-nesting male plainfin midshipman Porichthys notatus were investigated. Body condition of type I males rapidly increased during the pre-nesting (PN) period, peaked at the beginning of the summer nesting cycle and then gradually declined to lowest levels during the non-reproductive (NR) period. The gonado-somatic index of type I males peaked during PN and then declined during the summer nesting cycle to lowest levels at the end of the nest cycle and during NR. Indices of sonic muscle and liver of type I males were lowest during NR, gradually increased during PN and then peaked during the summer nesting cycle. Results indicate that body condition and fecundity of type I males were positively correlated with body mass at the end of the nest cycle. These findings as they relate to the annual reproductive cycle and behaviour of the type I male P. notatus are discussed.
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Keywords: batrachoididae; condition factor; gonadal development; liver; sonic muscle

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, U.S.A. 2: Neurobiology and Behaviour Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, U.S.A. 3: Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, U.S.A.

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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