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Use of prophylactic treatments for larval rearing of giant crabs Pseudocarcinus gigas (Lamarck)


Gardner, C and Northam, M, Use of prophylactic treatments for larval rearing of giant crabs Pseudocarcinus gigas (Lamarck), Aquaculture, 158, (3-4) pp. 203-214. ISSN 0044-8486 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0044-8486(97)00182-8


Chemicals were screened for prophylactic treatment of epibiotic fouling and fungal mycosis in larvae of the temperate crab Pseudocarcinus gigas. The following treatments were applied as indefinite baths: oxytetracycline, trifluralin, carbendazim, copper oxychloride, malachite green, and formalin. Most effective treatments for improving survival were oxytetracycline (25 mg l-1, despite increased deformity), trifluralin (0.01 mg l-1), carbendazim (0.001 mg l-1), and copper oxychloride (0.05 mg l-1). Three of these treatments affected size and shape of the megalopa carapace with relatively smaller megalopas developing in carbendazim and trifluralin, and relatively broader megalopas in copper oxychloride. Toxic effects, measured by increased mortality, deformity, death during ecdysis, or delayed ecdysis, were recorded with oxytetracycline (≤ 25 mg l-1), trifluralin (≤ 0.03 mg l-1), malachite green (≤ 0.1 mg l-1), and formalin (for all concentrations tested: ≤ 2.5 mg l-1).

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Zoology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
ID Code:12492
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:TAFI - Aquaculture
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-20

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