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The effects of temperature and salinity on molting and survival of Menippe adina and M. mercenaria (Crustacea, Decapoda) postsettlement juveniles
Brown, S.D.; Bert, T.M. (1993). The effects of temperature and salinity on molting and survival of Menippe adina and M. mercenaria (Crustacea, Decapoda) postsettlement juveniles. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 99(1-2): 41-49. hdl.handle.net/10.3354/meps099041
In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. Inter-Research: Oldendorf/Luhe. ISSN 0171-8630, more
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Keywords
    Controlled conditions; Developmental stages; Salinity tolerance; Survival; Temperature tolerance; Menippe adina Williams & Felder, 1986 [WoRMS]; Menippe mercenaria (Say, 1818) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Brown, S.D.
  • Bert, T.M.

Abstract
    Postsettlement juvenile crabs of the species Menippe adina and M. mercenaria were held in factorial arrays of temperature and salinity to determine the effects of these factors on survival and molt frequency. The patterns of the effects of temperature and salinity on both molting and survival were similar for the 2 species. Optimal conditions predicted for survival of each species were also similar, but the percentage of crabs that survived at specific treatments differed. In general, M. adina showed a greater tolerance to low temperature and low salinity than did M. mercenaria. The observed differences may be important in determining the distribution of these species in terms of both their geographical range and their distribution from nearshore to offshore.

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