Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Temporal variation in the weight-size relationship of the mangrove crab Ucides cordatus L. (Decapoda: Ucididae) in relation to its life cycle phases

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Animal Biology
For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Netherlands Journal of Zoology (Vol 18-52).

The relationship between weight and size of individuals can be used to evaluate the status of a population, which is particularly useful for natural populations that are being exploited. Ucides cordatus occurs on the Atlantic coast of the American continent, from Florida (USA) to Santa Catarina (Brazil). This species is economically very important, most of all in the Northeastern area of Brazil, as well as in the Dominican Republic and Suriname. The objective of this study was to analyze life phases (‘fattening’, ‘matumba’, ‘milk-crab’, ‘maturation’ and ‘walking’) by use of the weight-length relationships, as well as temporal variations in this condition factor for each sex of U. cordatus. For this purpose, individuals were sampled monthly for twenty-four months at the Jaguaribe River estuary, Ceará State, Northeastern Brazil. The relationship between total weight and cephalothorax width was established using regression analysis, adjusted by a power equation. The dynamics of the condition factor were analyzed for each sex using the variation of its averages related to annual life cycle; this was done for each of the previously-mentioned phases. The relationship between total weight and cephalothorax width showed an isometric growth in males and negative allometric growth in females suggesting that, for the same reference size, males are heavier than females. When considering the average of the female condition factors, these were greater than those for males during the annual life cycle, except during the ‘maturation’ phase, which is the phase with a higher demand of energetic reserves for males. Annual variation of the condition factor in females presented no significant difference.

Affiliations: 1: 1Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Recursos Naturais, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil; 2: 2Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do Pici, Centro de Ciências Bloco 902, Secretaria do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Recursos Naturais, CEP 60.455-760, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Adiyodi R.G. ( 1988) "Reproduction and development". In: Burggren W.W. , McMahon B.R. (Eds.) Biology of the Land Crabs, pp.  139- 185. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
2. Alves R.R.N. , Nishida A.K. ( 2002) "A ecdise do caranguejo-uçá Ucides cordatusL. (Decapoda: Brachyura) na visão dos caranguejeiros". Interciencia, Vol 27, 110- 117.
3. Baptista C. , Pinheiro M.A.A. , Blankensteyn A. , Borzone C.A. ( 2003) "Estrutura populacional de Callinectes ornatusOrdway (Crustacea: Portunidae) no Balneário Shangri-Lá, Pontal do Paraná, Paraná, Brasil". Rev. Bras. Zool., Vol 20, 661- 666.
4. Carvalho H.R.L. , Igarashi M.A. ( 2009) "A utilização do forjo na captura do caranguejo-uçá ( Ucides cordatus) na comunidade de Tapebas em Fortaleza-CE". Biotemas, Vol 22, 69- 74.
5. Diele K. , Koch V. ( 2010) "Growth and mortality of the exploited mangrove crab Ucides cordatus(Ucididae) in N-Brazil". J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., Vol 395, 171- 180.
6. Doi W. , Lwin T.T. , Yokota M. , Strussmann C.A. , Watanabe S. ( 2007) "Maturity and reproduction of goneplacid crab Carcinoplax vestita(Decapoda, Brachyura) in Tokyo Bay". Fish. Sci., Vol 73, 331- 340.
7. Dunham D.W. , Gilchrist S.L. ( 1988) "Behavior". In: Burggren W.W. , McMahon B.R. (Eds.) Biology of the Land Crabs, pp.  97- 137. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA.
8. Encina L. , Granado-Lorencio C. ( 1997) "Seasonal variations in the physiological status and energy content of somatic and reproductive tissues of chub". J. Fish. Biol., Vol 50, 511- 522.
9. Fonteles-Filho A.A. ( 2011) Oceanografia, Biologia e Dinâmica Populacional de Recursos Pesqueiros. Fortaleza: Expressão Gráfica Editora.
10. Gadgil M. , Bossert W.H. ( 1970) "Life historical consequences of natural selection". Am. Nat., Vol 104, 1- 24.
11. Glaser M. , Diele K. ( 2004) "Asymmetric outcomes: assessing central aspects of the biological, economic and social sustainability of a mangrove crab fishery, Ucides cordatus(Ocypodidae) in North Brazil". Ecol. Econ., Vol 49, 361- 373.
12. Glazier D.S. ( 1999) "Trade-offs between reproductive and somatic (storage) investments in animals a comparative test of the Van Noordwijik and De Jonge model". Evol. Ecol., Vol 13, 539- 555.
13. Gonzalez-Gurriaran E. , Freire J. , Parapar J. , Sampedro M.P. , Urcera M. ( 1995) "Growth at moult and moulting seasonality of the spider crab, Maja squinado(Herbst) (Decapoda: Majidae) in experimental conditions: implications for juvenile life history". J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., Vol 189, 183- 203.
14. Hartnoll R.G. ( 1982) "Growth". In: Bliss D.E. (Ed.) The Biology of Crustacea, pp.  111- 196. Academic Press, London.
15. Hartnoll R.G. ( 1985) "Growth, sexual maturity and reproductive output". In: Wenner A.M. (Ed.) Factors in Adult Growth, pp.  101- 128. Rotterdam.
16. Hartnoll R.G. ( 1988) "Growth and molting". In: Burggren W.W. , McMahon B.R. (Eds.) Biology of the Land Crabs, pp.  186- 209. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA.
17. Herreid C.F. II , Full R.J. ( 1988) "Energetics and locomotion". In: Burggren W.W. , McMahon B.R. (Eds.) Biology of the Land Crabs, pp.  334- 376. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
18. Ipece( 2010) Plano básico municipal – Aracati. Instituto de Pesquisa e Estratégia Econômica do Ceará, Governo do Estado do Ceará.
19. Ivo C.T.C. , Gesteira T.V.C. ( 1999) "Sinopses sobre a biologia do caranguejo-uçá Ucides cordatus cordatus(Linnaeus, 1763), capturados em estuários de sua área de ocorrência". Bol. Téc. Cient. CEPENE., Vol 7, 9- 50.
20. Kumar M.S. , Xiao Y. , Venema S. , Hooper G. ( 2003) "Reproductive cycle of the blue swimmer crab, Portunus pelagicus, of southern Australia". J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K., Vol 83, 983- 994.
21. Leite M.M.L. , Rezende C.F. , Silva J.R.F. ( 2013) "Population biology of the mangrove crab Ucides cordatus(Decapoda: Ucididae) in an estuary from semiarid Northeastern Brazil". Rev. Biol. Trop., Vol 61, 1721- 1735.
22. Lika K. , Kooijman S.A.L.M. ( 2003) "Life history implications of allocation to growth versus reproduction in dynamic energy budgets". B. Math. Biol., Vol 65, 809- 834.
23. Mantellato F.L.M. , Martinelli J.M. ( 1999) "Carapace width-weight relationships of Callinectes ornatusOrdway, 1863 (Decapoda: Portunidae) from the Ubatuba Bay, Brazil". Iheringia, Vol 87, 111- 116.
24. Melo G.A. ( 1996) Manual de identificação dos Brachyura (Caranguejos e Siris) do Litoral Brasileiro. Editora Plêiade, FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo).
25. Pinheiro M.A.A. , Fiscarelli A.G. ( 2001) Manual de apoio à fiscalização do caranguejo-uçá ( Ucides cordatus). Unesp/Cepsul/Ibama, 43 p.
26. Pinheiro M.A.A. , Fiscarelli A.G. ( 2009) "Length-weight relationship and condition factor of the mangrove crab Ucides cordatus(Linnaeus 1763) (Crustacea: Brachyura: Ucididae)". Braz. Arch. Biol. Techn., Vol 52, 397- 406.
27. Pinheiro M.A.A. , Fiscarelli A.G. , Hattori G.Y. ( 2005) "Growth of the mangrove crab Ucides cordatus(Brachyura: Ocypodidae)". J. Crustacean Biol., Vol 25, 293- 301.
28. R Development Core Team( 2011). R: A Language and Environment for Statistical Computing. R Foundation for Statistical Computing, Vienna, Austria. ISBN 3-900051-07-0, URL .
29. Santos M.H. , Benedito E. , Domingues W.M. ( 2006) "Efeito da maturação gonadal sobre a energia dos músculos de duas espécies de piranhas de reservatório do rio Manso, Estado de Mato Grosso". Acta Sci. Biol. Sci., Vol 28, 227- 236.
30. Souto F.J.B. ( 2007) "Uma abordagem etnoecológica da pesca do caranguejo, Ucides cordatus, Linnaeus, 1763 (Decapoda: Brachyura), no manguezal do distrito de Acupe (Santo Amaro-BA)". Biotemas, Vol 20, 69- 80.
31. Sumpton W.D. , Poter M.A. , Smith G.S. ( 1994) "Reproduction and growth of the commercial sand crab, Portunus pelagicus(L.) in Moreton Bay, Queensland". Asian Fish. Sci., Vol 7, 103- 113.
32. Vinuesa J.H. ( 2007) "Molt and reproduction of the European green crab Carcinus maenas(Decapoda: Portunidae) in Patagonia, Argentina". Rev. Biol. Trop., Vol 55, 49- 54.
33. Vismara M.R. , Benedito-Cecílio E. , Faria A.C.E.A. ( 2004) "Efeito da maturação gonadal sobre o conteúdo calórico e condição geral de peixes da planície de inundação do alto rio Paraná". Acta Sci., Vol 26, 189- 199.
34. Watt W.B. ( 1986) "Power and efficiency as a index of fitness in metabolic organization". Am. Nat., Vol 127, 629- 653.
35. Wunderlich A.C. , Pinheiro M.M.A. , Rodrigues A.M. ( 2008) "Biologia do caranguejo-uçá Ucides cordatus(Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) na Baía de Babitonga, Santa Catarina, Brasil". Rev. Bras. Zool., Vol 25, 188- 198.
36. Zar J.H. ( 2010) Biostatistical Analysis. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Animal Biology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation