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MACROSCOPIC SCALE FOR SIMPLE AND RAPID DETERMINATION OF SEXUAL MATURITY IN ARISTAEOMORPHA FOLIACEA (RISSO, 1826) (DECAPODA: PENAEIDAE)

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ABSTRACT Fresh and preserved specimens of Aristaeomorpha foliacea caught in the Sicilian Channel were examined in order to establish a macroscopic scale for the rapid determination of sexual maturity in females. Four macroscopic criteria were identified as being useful for classification under difficult field conditions. The scale was tested against a microscopic examination of ovarian histological preparations, and corresponding stages were identified on the same specimens with good macro/microscopic agreement. Both procedures were compared to the gonadosomatic index method which, although less practical, may also prove to be a robust indicator of maturity. Practical uses for the proposed scale are given.

10.1163/193724088X00378
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2017-11-22

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