A population study of the amphipod Nototropis minikoi (Gammaridea, Atylidae) in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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The population structure, growth and fecundity of the amphipod Nototropis minikoi in front of the Campechen Lagoon, Quintana Roo, were analysed. A total of 1207 juveniles, 120 adult females and 211 adult males were collected. The relationship of the total length and head length was allometric. Using the Von Bertalanffy equation the maximum length was calculated to be 6.66 ± 0.55 mm, the growth rate was 0.67 ± 0.02, which is faster and higher than in other peracarids. There was a significant relationship between the size of ovigerous females and the number of eggs, with an average of 6 ± 3.27 eggs and total length of 5.21 ± 0.57 mm, similar to that found in other studies. The net reproduction rate was 4.98, generation time 124.49 days, maximum intrinsic growth rate of 0.0131 and a low survival (15%). This work represents the first study on the population structure of the amphipod N. minikoi.

A population study of the amphipod Nototropis minikoi (Gammaridea, Atylidae) in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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    Area of study. Location of the sampling station in the mouth of the Campechen lagoon, Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an.

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    Size frequency distribution of Nototropis minikoi (Walker, 1905) (Length total mm) in the mouth of the Campechen lagoon, Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an.

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    Relationship between head length and the total length of the Nototropis minikoi (Walker, 1905) community in the mouth of the Campechen lagoon, Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an.

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    Von Bertalanffy model for Nototropis minikoi (Walker, 1905) in the mouth of the Campechen lagoon, Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an.

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    Relationship between the total length of the gravid females Nototropis minikoi (Walker, 1905) and the number of eggs, in the mouth community of the Campechen lagoon, Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an.

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