THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FEMALE SIZE AND EGG SIZE IN THE FRESHWATER CRAYFISH AUSTROPOTAMOBIUS TORRENTIUM
The aim of our research was to gather information about the reproduction cycle of Austopotamobius torrentium in Croatia. The research was conducted between October 1998 and April 2000 in streams on the Medvednica Mountain (north-west Croatia). We caught 767 females, of which 92 (11.99%) were berried. Berried females were captured from the beginning of November until mid June of the following year. Total length (from the tip of the rostrum to the end of telson) of the smallest female with pleopodal eggs was 5.40 cm, while the longest was 8.70 cm. Diameter of pleopodal eggs varied from 0.24 cm to 0.34 cm (mean ± SD = 0.28 ± 0.02) and their number per female from 1 to 104. Correlations between female size (total length and weight), number of pleopodal eggs and egg diameter were done. We found positive correlation between female length and number of eggs (r = 0.46) and between female length and egg diameter (r = 0.29), as well as between female weight and egg number (r = 0.50) and female weight and egg diameter (r = 0.30). Weak positive correlation was recorded between number of eggs and their diameter (r = 0.06).
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I. MAGUIRE, G. I.V. KLOBUČAR, R. ERBEN
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Mots clés :
stone crayfish, Austropotamobius torrentium, fecundity, egg size, écrevisse des torrents, Austropotamobius torrentium, fécondité, taille des œufs