If you are experiencing problems downloading PDF or HTML fulltext, our helpdesk recommend clearing your browser cache and trying again. If you need help in clearing your cache, please click here . Still need help? Email help@ingentaconnect.com

Free Content Reproductive Biology of Octopus Hubbsorum (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) Along the Central Mexican Pacific Coast

 Download
(PDF 1,551.4kb)
 
Download Article:

Abstract:

The reproductive biology of Octopus hubbsorum Berry, 1953, was studied along the central Mexican Pacific from 1998 to 2000. In the majority of the months (15), the sex ratio was 1:1. The ratio of males to females decreased consistently with respect to size, weight, and sexual maturity, probably related to vertical migrations of females from deeper to shallow areas, the search of better feeding areas before reproduction, and nesting behavior of females. The dorsal mantle length and the total body weight of individuals at first maturity were 115 mm and 758 g for females, and 70 mm and 320 g for males. Three maturity stages were recognized for females (maturing, mature, and spawning and/or already spawned) and three for males (immature, maturing, and mature). The females have low potential fecundity (mean ± SD = 172.05 ± 85.15 oocytes/female) and small oocytes (mean = 1.79 ± 0.14 mm), compared to other species of Octopus. The mean (±SD) potential fecundity of males was 65.92 ± 34.34 spermatophores/male. As in other Octopus spp., O. hubbsorum spawns throughout the year. However, potential fecundity of males and the number of mature and spawning females increased significantly during the cool-dry season. The presence of a constant mature population may be related to generally warm conditions during most of the year.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

More about this publication?
  • The Bulletin of Marine Science is dedicated to the dissemination of high quality research from the world's oceans. All aspects of marine science are treated by the Bulletin of Marine Science, including papers in marine biology, biological oceanography, fisheries, marine affairs, applied marine physics, marine geology and geophysics, marine and atmospheric chemistry, and meteorology and physical oceanography.
  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Terms & Conditions
  • ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
Related content

Tools

Favourites

Share Content

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more