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Life history and production of Corophium urdaibaiense (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in the Urdaibai estuary (NE Spain)
Perez, V.; Marquiegui, M.A.; Belzunce, M.J. (2007). Life history and production of Corophium urdaibaiense (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in the Urdaibai estuary (NE Spain). Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 151(3): 1163-1174. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-006-0558-z
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Perez, V.
  • Marquiegui, M.A.
  • Belzunce, M.J.

Abstract
    The population of species Corophium urdaibaiense has been studied for a year in the Urdaibai estuary (NE Spain). The new species is characterised by its preference for muddy sand sediments (15% of mud) and the long body size (with a maximum length of 10.24 mm). The maximum abundance occurs in November (11,600 ind m-2); it almost disappears at the end of spring. The juveniles represent 79% of the population and the recruitment is concentrated within the October–December period. The breeding period begins in May, when the temperature is above 15°C, and it ceases in November, when the temperature is below 15°C. Bivoltinism is probable, taking into account the latitude (43°), temperature range (12–25°C) and breeding period (May and August–October), but the data are not sufficiently consistent to confirm the hypothesis. The production ranges from 2.93 to 5.85 g m-2 year-1, considering one and two generations per year, respectively. Some aspects concerning the food availability, predation and intraspecific competition could have an influence on the dynamics of the population and are discussed.

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