Recent Advances in Larval Recruitment Processes of Scyllarid and Palinurid Lobsters in Japanese Waters

Authors: Sekiguchi, H.; Inoue, N.

Source: Journal of Oceanography, Volume 58, Number 6, 2002 , pp. 747-757(11)

Publisher: Springer

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Phyllosoma larvae collected to date in Japanese and Taiwanese waters have been classified into two genera (Linuparus, Panulirus) of the Palinuridae, four genera (Ibacus, Parribacus, Scyllarides, Scyllarus) of the Scyllaridae, and one genus (Palinurellus) of the Synaxidae. However, phyllosoma larvae of three Scyllarus species (S. bicuspidatus, S. cultrifer, S. kitanoviriosus) are absolutely dominant among the larvae collected in the waters. Scyllarus larvae are abundant in coastal waters while those of Panulirus are often collected in offshore/oceanic waters. Based on previous and ongoing studies dealing with spatial distributions of phyllosoma larvae in Japanese and Taiwanese waters, it appears that phyllosoma and nisto larvae of the Scyllarus are retained within coastal waters north of the Kuroshio Current. On the other hand, the life history of the Panulirus (particularly P. japonicus) may be completed within the Kuroshio Subgyre: their phyllosoma larvae may be flushed out from coastal waters into the Kuroshio, then transported through the Counter Current south of the Kuroshio into the water east of Ryukyu Archipelago and Taiwan where they attain the subfinal/final phyllosoma or puerulus stages, once again entering the Kuroshio and dispersing into coastal waters.

Keywords: Larval recruitment; Panulirus japonicus; nisto; phyllosoma; puerulus

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Bioresources, Mie University, Kamihama-cho, Tsu, Mie 514-8507, Japan

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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