|Settlement of spiny lobster, Panulirus argus, pueruli in South Florida: an evaluation from two perspectives|
Marx, J.M. (1986). Settlement of spiny lobster, Panulirus argus, pueruli in South Florida: an evaluation from two perspectives. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 43(11): 2221-2227
In: Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences = Journal canadien des sciences halieutiques et aquatiques. National Research Council Canada: Ottawa. ISSN 0706-652X, more
Crustacean larvae; Larval settlement; Substrate preferences; Panulirus argus (Latreille, 1804) [WoRMS]; Marine
Settlement of spiny lobster, Panilirus argus, pueruli occurs year-around in south Florida, but seasonal trends are not consistent. Recruitment peaks are common in spring but sometimes occur in other seasons. Postsettlement dynamics of seasonal settlement classes must be determined to establish a relationship between puerulus abundance and subsequent fishery yield. Pueruli settle in various shallow-water habitats, including masses of the red alga Laurencia , algal-covered mangrove roots, and colonies of the bryozoan, Bugula. Settlement habitats of 0.04-2 ha can produce 1906-3913juveniles (20 mm carapace length) an nually. Management must protect these critical habitats to assure productivity of the spiny lobster fishery.