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Size of Maturity in Male Golden King Crab, Lithodes Aequispinus (Anomura: Lithodidae)

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Abstract Typically ≥90% of the eggs in clutches fertilized by hardshell Prince William Sound Lithodes aequispinus males ≥107 mm carapace length initiated division. Golden king crab males with only one chela and those with post-molt carapaces ≥11 days old were effective parents. Some test males had exclusive access to three ripe females. Their first and second mates all produced viable clutches with 81–100% of eggs exhibiting development. Not all males induced a third female to ovulate. The percentage of eggs initiating division in the clutches of their third potential female mates ranged from 56 to 100%.

Affiliations: 1: University of Alaska, Institute of Marine Science, Seward Marine Center Laboratory, Post Office Box 730, Seward, Alaska 99664 U.S.A. (


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