|Strong maternal effects and extreme heterogeneity of progeny development in the caridean shrimp Sclerocrangon boreas (Crangonidae)|Guay, C.; Sainte-Marie, B.; Brêthes, J.-C. (2011). Strong maternal effects and extreme heterogeneity of progeny development in the caridean shrimp Sclerocrangon boreas (Crangonidae). Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 158(12): 2835-2845. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-011-1782-8
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- Guay, C.
- Sainte-Marie, B.
- Brêthes, J.-C.
Sclerocrangon boreas is uncommon among marine coastal carideans in having a non-dispersing, abbreviated (2-stage) larval phase. We investigated the implications of this strategy in terms of fecundity, offspring provisioning and brood care in S. boreas from the St. Lawrence Gulf and Estuary in 2009–2010. Fecundity scaled positively to female body size but was low due to the production of large, lipid-rich eggs. Offspring size at all stages of development was positively related to female size. Larval traits and lipid dynamics indicate obligatory lecithotrophic development from hatching to juvenile. The larva becomes a juvenile on the mother and remains associated with her for sometime after. The co-occurrence of early egg stages among many juveniles in some clutches raises the possibility that maternal care of juveniles includes the provisioning of trophic eggs or eggs reclaimed from other females.