Fecundity regulation by atresia in turbot Scophthalmus maximus in the Baltic Sea
2016 (English)In: Journal of Fish Biology, ISSN 0022-1112, E-ISSN 1095-8649, Vol. 88, no 4, 1301-1320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Down-regulation of fecundity through oocyte resorption was assessed in Baltic Sea turbot Scophthalmus maximus at three locations in the period from late vitellogenesis in April to spawning during June to July. The mean +/- s.d. total length of the sampled fish was 327 +/- 31cm and mean +/- s.d. age was 62 +/- 15years. Measurements of atresia were performed using the profile method' with the intensity of atresia adjusted according to the dissector method' (106% adjustment; coefficient of determination was 0675 between methods). Both prevalence (portion of fish with atresia) and intensity (calculated as the average proportion of atretic cells in fish displaying atresia) of atresia were low in prespawning fish, but high from onset of spawning throughout the spawning period. Atretic oocytes categorized as in early alpha and in late alpha state occurred irrespective of maturity stage from late prespawning individuals up to late spawning fish, showing that oocytes may become atretic throughout the spawning period. Observed prevalence of atresia throughout the spawning period was almost 40% with an intensity of c. 20%. This indicates extensive down-regulation, i.e. considerably lower realized (number of eggs spawned) v. potential fecundity (number of developing oocytes), suggesting significant variability in reproductive potential. The extent of fecundity regulation in relation to fish condition (Fulton's condition factor) is discussed, suggesting an association between levels of atresia and fish condition.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 88, no 4, 1301-1320 p.
determinate spawner, life-history traits, oocyte development, oocyte resorption, realized fecundity
Fish and Aquacultural Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300316DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12879ISI: 000374008900002PubMedID: 26928526OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300316DiVA: diva2:951299