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Life history strategy of a southern European population of brown shrimp (Crangon crangon L.): evidence for latitudinal changes in growth phenology and population dynamics
Viegas, I.; Marques, S.C.; Bessa, F.; Primo, A.L.; Martinho, F.; Azeiteiro, U.M.; Pardal, M.A. (2012). Life history strategy of a southern European population of brown shrimp (Crangon crangon L.): evidence for latitudinal changes in growth phenology and population dynamics. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 159(1): 33-43. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-011-1787-3
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Viegas, I.
  • Marques, S.C.
  • Bessa, F.
  • Primo, A.L.
  • Martinho, F.
  • Azeiteiro, U.M., more
  • Pardal, M.A.

Abstract
    This study provides a comprehensive examination of the life cycle dynamics of the brown shrimp (Crangon crangon L.) in the Mondego estuary, Portugal, a habitat located near the southern edge of the range of this species in European waters. The phenology of all life stages was documented (from the occurrence of ovigerous females, developing embryos, planktonic larvae and benthic post-larvae), and migration patterns of larvae into and out of the estuary were examined. Temperature-dependent functions of egg and larval development were combined with data on field abundance to predict the timing and magnitude of occurrence of larvae and recruits. Compared to brown shrimp at higher latitudes, southern conspecifics grow slower, mature earlier and have smaller brood sizes, and larvae have a more protracted settlement period. The Mondego estuary, besides acting as nursery area, is a dynamic platform for C. crangon to use in different stages, sizes and seasons.

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