Population structure, growth and reproductive biology of the gorgonocephalid brittlestar Asteroporpa annulata

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  • Asteroporpa annulata were sampled in 90m of water on a rhodolith substrate 48km SE of Pensacola Bay, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Pooled population size frequency analysis revealed a size distribution skewed towards smaller body sizes. Allometric growth over the size range of individuals collected was hyperbolic, with a quadratic function describing the relationship between disc diameter and wet weight. Sex ratio was 2:1 (female:male). Data suggested an annual cycle of reproduction, with a breeding season occurring in the fall and winter. This species probably has a broadcasting mode of reproduction, with abbreviated development. -from Authors
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  • McClintock JB; Hopkins T; Marion K; Watts S; Schinner G
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  • 925
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  • 936
  • Volume

  • 52
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  • 3