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 Gramitto, M.E. and C. Froglia (1998) Notes on the biology and growth of Munida intermedia (Anomura: Galatheidae) in the Western Pomo pit (Adriatic Sea). Journal of Natural History 32(10–11): 1553–1566. PDF is 785kB


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Reference ID 29630
Reference type journalarticle
Authors Gramitto, M.E.
Froglia, C.
Publication Year (for display) 1998
Publication Year (for sorting) 1998
Title Notes on the biology and growth of _Munida intermedia_ (Anomura: Galatheidae) in the Western Pomo pit (Adriatic Sea)
Secondary Title Journal of Natural History
Secondary Authors  
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Tertiary Authors  
Volume 32
Issue 10–11
Pages 1553–1566
Place published  
The squat-lobster _Munida intermedia_ is very common over the muddy bottoms (depth 200-256 m) of the western Pome pit (Central Adriatic). Density estimates, obtained from a short underwater television survey, ranged from 0.2 to 0.6 individuals/m(2). Scientific trawling carried out in the years 1993-1994 with a small mesh net, yielded large catches of _M. intermedia_, and made possible the study of some aspects of its life history. _M. intermedia _is a gonochoric species that spawns once per year. Adult females have ripe ovaries in autumn and become ovigerous in winter. No ovigerous female was found after February. The smallest ovigerous female measured 8.5 mm carapace length, and the largest 23 mm. Fecundity is related to size and ranges between 870 and 5300 new-laid eggs per female. The reproductive season is well defined (from October to February), with a single spawning per year. Therefore, modal components in the length frequency distributions were identified with year classes and the mean lengths at age obtained were used to compute the parameters of the growth equation separately for the two sexes. The average life-span of _M. intermedia_ probably does not exceed four years and males reach a slightly larger size than females (maximum carapace length: 25 mm males, 23 mm females). Sexual maturity in both sexes is reached at the end of the first year of life. A high percentage of specimens (males 9%, females 22%) had external evidence of infestation by Rhizocephala and representatives of three genera were recorded. Specimens as small as 7.5 mm carapace length were found parasitized and the highest frequencies of parasites were observed in the size range 10-14 mm.
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