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Life history and reproduction of the amphipod Synchelidium trioostegitum (Crustacea, Oedicerotidae) on a sandy shore in Korea
Yu, O.H.; Suh, H.-L. (2006). Life history and reproduction of the amphipod Synchelidium trioostegitum (Crustacea, Oedicerotidae) on a sandy shore in Korea. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 150: 141-148.
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Yu, O.H.
  • Suh, H.-L.

    The life history and reproductive strategy of the amphipod Synchelidium trioostegitum were studied on a sandy shore at Dolsando, South Korea. Samples were taken once a month for 1 year using a 0.3-mm sledge net on the bottom in 1 m of water at spring tide low water. The highest density of S. trioostegitum occurred from February through March. Ovigerous females were recorded virtually year-round, with a particularly high proportion in fall and early spring, indicating continuous recruitment with two dominant periods. The occurrence of ovigerous females was not correlated with environmental factors, such as temperature and salinity, and no significant difference between the body lengths of females and males was observed. The mean adult body length was greater in the early spring breeding period than in the fall. Brood size and embryo volume were positively correlated with the body length of ovigerous females. Brood size significantly decreased with increases in embryonic developmental stage. Embryo volume was significantly larger in the fall than in the early spring, but brood size was significantly smaller in fall, suggesting a strategy of using the same amount of reproductive energy during breeding periods. This type of reproductive effort is different from that of other Synchelidium amphipods having the same habitat and feeding regime. Our results suggest that interspecific competition for food and territory may be important in defining the reproductive strategy.

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