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Latin american journal of aquatic research

On-line version ISSN 0718-560X


MENA-ALCANTAR, Mariana et al. Reproduction of Cortez oyster, Crassostrea corteziensis (Hertlein, 1951) in a growing area in the central Mexican Pacific coast. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res. [online]. 2017, vol.45, n.2, pp.485-490. ISSN 0718-560X.

The state of Nayarit is the main oyster producer in the Mexican Pacific, this derived from artisanal crops of Crassostrea corteziensis and collecting of wild seeds. Despite its importance, there are no studies on the reproduction of this species in Boca de Camichin, Nayarit, Mexico, which is the area with the highest production (around 90%). The aim of this study was to evaluate sex ratio, condition index (CI), reproductive cycle, and recruitment size for reproduction and its relationship with environmental factors. Sixty oysters were sampled monthly at La Palicienta Lagoon for one year. The organisms were weighed and measured, then fixed with 10% formalin for histological analyses. Subsequently, the gonads were processed by histology. Sex ratio was different from 1:1, with a predominance of females. The condition index (CI) was higher from March to July. Oyster spawning was most prevalent in May, August, and October. The temperature had a positive relationship with reproduction. Recruitment size at reproduction was 57.1 mm. The results of this study could supply useful information about reproduction of the species at La Palicienta and seed collection in Boca de Camichin, Nayarit.

Keywords : Crassostrea corteziensis; reproduction; seed collection; condition index; temperature influence; Mexican Pacific.

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