Free Content Tellina Martinicensis (Mollusca: Bivalvia): Biology and Productivity

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The ecology of Tellina martinicensis d'Orbigny, a small infaunal bivalve, was studied in Biscayne Bay, Florida. It was found to live as long as two years and attain a length of 12 mm. Spawning occurs during the winter and spring months. Successful settlement of spat is associated with warmer than normal temperatures during the spawning period. Productivity is 0.230 grams of dry tissue per square meter per year, or approximately 23,000 kg per year in Biscayne Bay. This is 2.4 times the average standing crop.

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Publication date: September 1, 1969

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