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Size of maturity in male golden king crab, Lithodes aequispinus (Anomura: Lithodidae)
Paul, A.J.; Paul, J.M. (2001). Size of maturity in male golden king crab, Lithodes aequispinus (Anomura: Lithodidae). J. Crust. Biol. 21(2): 384-387
In: Journal of Crustacean Biology. Crustacean Society: Washington. ISSN 0278-0372, more
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  • Paul, A.J.
  • Paul, J.M.

Abstract
    Typically ≥90% of the eggs in clutches fertilized by hardshell Prince William Sound Lithodes aequispinus males ≥107 mm carapace length initiated division. Golden king crab males with only one chela and those with post-molt carapaces ≥ 11 days old were effective parents. Some test males had exclusive access to three ripe females. Their first and second mates all produced viable clutches with 81-100% of eggs exhibiting development. Not all males induced a third female to ovulate. The percentage of eggs initiating division in the clutches of their third potential female mates ranged from 56 to 100%.

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