|Reproductive biology and population parameters of Petrolisthes laevigatus (Anomura: Porcellanidae) in southern Chile: consequences on recruitment|
|Gebauer, P.; Paschke, K.; Moreno, C.A. (2007). Reproductive biology and population parameters of Petrolisthes laevigatus (Anomura: Porcellanidae) in southern Chile: consequences on recruitment. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 87(3): 729-734. dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315407055282|
|In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Plymouth. ISSN 0025-3154, more|
The present study describes the reproductive cycle and population structure of the intertidal crab Petrolisthes laevigatus, an abundant inhabitant of the upper rocky intertidal zone, as well as the relationship between seasonal patterns in the release of its planktonic larvae and recruiting. A total of 22900 individuals was collected along the coast of southern Chile between May 2001 and March 2003.The structure and density of the adult population (males and females) was relatively constant throughout the study period, although seasonal variations were observed in these two parameters of the benthic population (males, females, juveniles and megalopae), principally due to the incorporation of new individuals (recruitment) into the intertidal zone. Petrolisthes laevigatus presented a prolonged reproductive period. Females with initial eggs were present from the end of summer through to the middle of the following summer (11 months) and the breeding season lasted seven months (from August to February), as reflected in the six months of intertidal settlement (October-March).The interannual patterns and variations observed in the settlement along the southern Chilean coastline were related to the patterns in the abundance of potential released planktonic larvae. Petrolisthes laevigatus, unlike most temperate species, has a broad reproductive and settlement period in the south of Chile, which allows a highly stable structure and population abundance in this intertidal zone.