|Dynamics of de novo vitellogenesis in fish with indeterminate fecundity: an application of oocyte packing density theory to European anchovy, Engraulis encrasicolus|Schismenou, E.; Somarakis, S.; Thorsen, A.; Kjesbu, O.S. (2012). Dynamics of de novo vitellogenesis in fish with indeterminate fecundity: an application of oocyte packing density theory to European anchovy, Engraulis encrasicolus. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 159(4): 775-768. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-011-1852-y
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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- Schismenou, E.
- Somarakis, S.
- Thorsen, A.
- Kjesbu, O.S.
De novo vitellogenesis is common among teleosts; however, its dynamics and the timing of batch recruitment are poorly understood. In this study, we combine a suite of methods and theories in fish reproductive biology (oocyte packing density, stereology, ovarian allometry, oocyte size frequencies and postovulatory follicle [POF] ageing) to reconstruct the steps and timing of batch recruitment in European anchovy. Using general linear modelling to standardize oocyte numbers, we demonstrate that the fractions of primary growth, cortical alveoli and vitellogenic oocytes in the ovary are relatively stable in females with migratory nucleus oocytes (MN) or with POFs 1 and 2 days old (POF-1 and POF-2), but they change abruptly at hydration. These results imply that batch recruitment in European anchovy occurs in pulses of very short duration (less than a day). The standing crop of vitellogenic oocytes in MN, POF-1 and POF-2 females equals the number of eggs contained in two mature batches