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Bertini G.,NEBECC Study Group on Crustacean Biology | Bertini G.,Sao Paulo State University | Teixeira G.M.,NEBECC Study Group on Crustacean Biology | Teixeira G.M.,Sao Paulo State University | And 4 more authors.
Invertebrate Reproduction and Development | Year: 2010

The reproductive biology of Persephona mediterranea was investigated in relation to the following aspects: population structure, size at the onset of sexual maturity, sexual size dimorphism, and reproductive period. A total of 1,283 specimens were obtained (565 males, 120 non-ovigerous females and 598 ovigerous females). CW 50 values were 22.8 and 22.3 mm CW for males and females, respectively, and the mean size of males was significantly larger than that of females. Persephona mediterranea shows continuous reproduction. However, there is a reduction in the proportion of ovigerous females and males with gonads in advanced developmental stage during the autumn and beginning of the winter. There was no significant correlation between the reproductive activity and variation in abiotic factors. Of the total captured specimens, 98.99% were sexually mature, which may indicate a differential spatial distribution among the distinct age groups, and sampling sites are probably areas occupied by adult individuals of this population. © 2010 Balaban.


Alves D.F.R.,Sao Paulo State University | Alves D.F.R.,NEBECC Study Group on Crustacean Biology | Alves D.F.R.,University of Taubate | Barros-Alves S.P.,Sao Paulo State University | And 9 more authors.
Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias | Year: 2013

The main goals of this investigation were to describe the community structure of anomuran and brachyuran crabs inhabiting reefs constituted by colonies of Schizoporella unicornis, and to provide a species importance ranking for this community. Collections were carried out on S. unicornis reefs at two-month intervals from May 2003 to May 2004, in the rocky sublittoral of the southeastern Brazilian coast. Relative abundance and occurrence were used to rank these species in the hierarchy importance. A total of 2,018 individuals were obtained, in 11 families, 22 genera and 31 species. Porcellanidae and Pilumnidae were the most abundant families, comprising respectively almost 60% and 15% of individuals sampled. The species ranking indicated four main groups A, B, C and D, with group A subdivided. Subgroup A1 contained 9 species, including the species of greatest ecological importance for community regarding abundance and occurrence. The great abundance of crabs associated with S. unicornis seems to be the result of its recognized importance during the crab developmental cycle, and as shelter and food for some Decapod species. These observations reveal the importance of conserving the areas occupied by these reef colonies, which appear to be an important environment for maintaining local biodiversity.

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