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Life history and production of the mysid Orientomysis robusta: high P/B ratio in a shallow warm-temperate habitat of the Sea of Japan
Sudo, H.; Kajihara, N.; Noguchi, M. (2011). Life history and production of the mysid Orientomysis robusta: high P/B ratio in a shallow warm-temperate habitat of the Sea of Japan. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 158: 1537-1549. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-011-1669-8
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Sudo, H.
  • Kajihara, N.
  • Noguchi, M.

Abstract
    Although mysids play important roles in marine food chains, studies on their production are scarce, especially for warm-water species. We investigated life history and production of Orientomysis robusta in a shallow warm-temperate habitat of the Sea of Japan. Its spawning and recruitment occurred throughout the year; 19 overlapping cohorts were recognizable over an annual cycle. The summer cohorts recruited in July–September exhibited rapid growth, early maturity, small brood size, and small body size. A converse set of life history traits characterized the autumn–winter cohorts recruited in October–March. The spring cohorts recruited in April–June had intermediate characteristics of both cohorts. Life spans were 19–33, 21–48, and 69–138 days for summer, spring, and autumn–winter cohorts, respectively, and mortality rates were high for spring and summer cohorts, especially during June–August but were low for autumn–winter cohorts. Production calculated from the summation of growth increments was 488.8 mg DW m-2 year-1 with an annual P/B ratio of 21.26. The short life span seems to be responsible for such an extremely high P/B ratio. A method not requiring recognition and tracking cohorts gave similar values (534.0 mg DW m-2 year-1 and 20.49). The close agreement in production values between the two methods indicates our estimates are valid.

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