Review of the ecology of Crangon hakodatei Rathbun, 1902 in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Gulf

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The brown shrimp, Crangon hakodatei Rathbun, 1902, is a common species in northwestern Pacific waters. Based on an investigation of references since the 1950s, we studied the ecological features of this commercially important shrimp. The results show, that the species has a long reproductive period with ovigerous females throughout the year and two discrete peaks in the spawning season, i.e., in spring and in autumn. Its sex ratio also shows significant seasonal variation. This shrimp is a keystone species in the demersal trophic pathways in the northern Chinese seas. It occupies an intermediate position in the food web, acting both as an important food resource for flatfishes on a higher trophic level, and as a predator upon the early life stages of those flatfishes.

Review of the ecology of Crangon hakodatei Rathbun, 1902 in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Gulf

in Crustaceana



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    Simplified food web and trophic structure based on the main resource population (from Tang, 1993). This figure is published in colour in the online edition of this journal, which can be accessed via

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    A, Bathymetric and geographic map of the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea; B, schematic diagram of winter current system derived from the Kuroshio Current (from Liu & Wang, 2013); C, schematic diagram of the Yellow Sea Cold Water Mass in summer (from Liu & Wang, 2013). Acronyms used: YSCC, Yellow Sea Coastal Current; KCC, Korean Coastal Current; YSWC, Yellow Sea Warm Current; YSCWM, Yellow Sea Cold Water Mass; YRDW, Yangtze River Diluted Water. This figure is published in colour in the online edition of this journal, which can be accessed via

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    Seasonal migration and distribution of Crangon hakodatei Rathbun, 1902 in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea. This figure is published in colour in the online edition of this journal, which can be accessed via

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    The seasonal variation of quantity composition sampled from different depth in the Yellow Sea, Bohai Sea and northern East China Sea from 1951 to 1992.


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