Volume 62

Reproductive Cycle of the Queen Conch Strombus gigas (L. 1758) in Belize

Mis Mut, M,;Enríquez Díaz, M,; Montero Muñoz, J,;Paez, M,; Sánchez Crespo, M,; Aldana-Aranda, D.
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Date: November, 2009

Pages: 427-429

Event: Proceedings of the Sixty -Second Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Cumaná

Country: Venezuela


The cycle of reproduction of Strombus gigas of San Pedro, Belize was established from January to December 2008 at San Pedro, Belize. All the samplings were carried out by at 10 - 15 m of depth. Not all the conchs sampled had a lip thickness of ?6 mm. The samplings during the fishing ban were carried out with a special authorization of the administration of fisheries of Belize. This study showed a long period of undifferentiated stage. Two gametogenesis periods were observed (January-April and September-December). Mature stage was not observed. Three peaks of spawn and postspawn were observed (February, June and August). Reproductive cycle was compared with occurrence of Apicomplexa parasite and variation of temperature.

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