|A new method to determine in situ growth rates of decapod shrimp: a case study with brown shrimp Crangon crangon|Perger, R.; Temming, A. (2012). A new method to determine in situ growth rates of decapod shrimp: a case study with brown shrimp Crangon crangon. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 159(6): 1209-1222. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-012-1901-1
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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Shrimps are economically and ecologically very important, yet a lack of ageing techniques and hence unknown growth rates often impairs analytical assessments and management. A new method for the determination of in situ growth rates of shrimps is presented, based on dry weight condition. Since this index oscillates from low values directly after moult to highest values prior to moult in constantly feeding shrimp, the lowest observed pre-moult condition followed by a moult was introduced as a reference value to separate growing and starving individuals in field data. Experiments with Crangon crangon confirmed that (1) post-moult condition varies in a narrow physiologically optimal range, regardless of recent growth increments, and (2) dry weight condition prior to moult is closely related to the subsequent length increment. The method was applied to estimate growth increments from in situ dry weight condition data of C. crangon. The new method can easily be applied to other related species, since the required data can be obtained from very simple short-term experiments.