Artículos de revistas
Sexual development, size at maturity, size at maternity and fecundity of the blue shark Prionace glauca (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Southwest Atlantic
Fisheries Research. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Bv, v. 160, p. 18-32, 2014.
Fundacao Univ Fed Rio Grande
Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
Size at maternity and size at maturity of the blue shark Prionace glauca were studied from samples collected during ten commercial longline fishing cruises off southern Brazil and in adjacent international waters. The sharp increase of the amplitude of the values of reproductive variables at a given fork length (FL) was evidence that from that FL reproduction occurred. Thus, we calculated the proportion of mature sharks in FL classes to estimate the median size at maturity. The accelerated growth of the claspers started before the beginning of the testis maturation and semen production, whereas the accelerated development of the ovary and the oviducal glands started simultaneously. Although most females with mating marks were mature, few had sperm stored in the oviducal glands. The population parameter of size at 50% of maturity was estimated at 171.2 cm FL for females and 180.2 cm FL for males. The median size at maternity was estimated in 193.9 cm FL and half of the females with five to six years old were recruited for reproductive phase of life. As most shark species, P. glauca in the Southwest Atlantic reach maturity at about three-fourths of its maximum size and half of its maximum age. Median litter size was 33 embryos. A positive not significant linear relationship between the uterine fecundity and the size of the pregnant female was observed. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.