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Reproductive biology of the intertidal sea cucumber Actinopyga mauritiana in the Solomon Islands


Ramofafia, C and Byrne, M and Battaglene, SC, Reproductive biology of the intertidal sea cucumber Actinopyga mauritiana in the Solomon Islands, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 81, (3) pp. 523-531. ISSN 0025-3154 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0025315401004179


Over a four year period, gonad index, examination of gonad tubules, and histology were used to study the reproduction in the sea cucumber Actinopyga mauritiana. This species reproduced annually during the warmer months of the year in Solomon Islands. This annual reproductive cycle progressed through five maturity stages: recovery, growing, mature, partly-spawned and spent. The recovery stage (March-May) was marked by initiation of gametogenesis and coincided with decreasing day length. The growing stage (June-September) was characterized by development of gametes through to the mature stage (October-December). Spawning occurred October through December and coincided with increased water temperature and day length. Spent gonads (January-March) contained a few unspawned gametes or completely lacked gametes. Although A. mauritiana had annual reproduction, individuals lacking or having indeterminate gonads were present year-round. Macroscopic examination of gonad tubules after biopsy provides a practical tool for assessing maturity condition of broodstock in the field during the reproductive season.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Invertebrate biology
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Battaglene, SC (Associate Professor Stephen Battaglene)
ID Code:22784
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-05-10

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