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SIZE-WEIGHT RELATIONSHIPS OF POSTECDYSIAL JUVENILE BLUE CRABS ( CALLINECTES SAPIDUS RATHBUN) FROM THE LOWER CHESAPEAKE BAY

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ABSTRACT Size-weight relationships are presented for small (<60 mm carapace width) juvenile blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus, where the stage of the ecdysial cycle, the number of pereiopods, and the locality of capture were held constant. Regression models for the prediction of wet weight, dry weight, and ash-free dry weight (AFDW) from various size measurements indicated that no differences occurred between juvenile males and females for any of the models tested. The best model for the prediction of dry weight was the logarithmic equation, In dry weight = –11.247 + 2.918 x ln width. Wet weight also could be accurately predicted from carapace width, as well as from volume and length.

Affiliations: 1: (LRC) Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23284;; 2: (MPW) Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23284 and Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia 23062; (present address, MPW) Lawler, Matusky, and Skelly Engineers, One Blue Hill Plaza, Pearl River, New York 10965.

10.1163/1937240X85X00308
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2017-09-19

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