The interannual variability of size at maturity of the brown crab Callinectes bellicosus Stimpson, 1859 (Brachyura, Portunidae) in the Gulf of California

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This study examines how the size at maturity (CW50%) of Callinectes bellicosus Stimpson, 1859 is affected by environmental variability and by the source of the data. The samples were obtained from a coastal lagoon in the eastern Gulf of California between 2000 and 2003, and in 2011. To explore for interannual variation in environmental conditions, an extended negative power-law model was used, with SSTa as the annual sum of monthly sea surface temperature anomalies and Chl-a as the monthly chlorophyll a mean in a year. The interannual variability in the CW50% of C. bellicosus was also calculated. We found that the percent of mature female drives inter-annual variability in CW50% and that the addition of Chl-a to the model does not contribute further to the explanation of this phenomenon. The hypothesis that environmental variations affect the reproductive dynamics of the stocks needs to be tested in this species in another area.

The interannual variability of size at maturity of the brown crab Callinectes bellicosus Stimpson, 1859 (Brachyura, Portunidae) in the Gulf of California

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    Map of the study area, Santa María La Reforma Bay, Sinaloa, Mexico. Dots are sampling points in the lagoon and at the lagoon mouth.

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    Power-law model of the relationship between the size at maturity and the percentage of mature females of Callinectes bellicosus Stimpson, 1859. Data from four different sources, Santa Maria La Reforma coastal lagoon in 2000.

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    Curve, generated by power-law model, of the relationship between the size at maturity and the percentage of mature females of Callinectes bellicosus Stimpson, 1859. Here, the data for the entire period were analysed.

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    Extended power-law model, using the exponential of Chl-a, of the relationship between the size at maturity and the percentage of mature females of Callinectes bellicosus Stimpson, 1859.

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