Fecundity, egg volume and reproductive output of Macrobrachium tenellum (Crustacea: Palaemonidae) from the northern coast of Jalisco, Mexico
ABSTRACT Our knowledge of the reproductive biology of palaemonid shrimps is an important tool to assess potential candidates for aquaculture as well as being useful to develop adequate strategies for the conservation of the biodiversity. Here we analyzed the fecundity, volume and water content of the eggs, and the reproductive output (RO) of Macrobrachium tenellum in the Ameca River, Jalisco-Nayarit, Mexico. The total length of the females ranged from 26.6 to 67.0 mm (average 44.2 ± 8.8 mm) and fecundity (considering all stages) fluctuated between 253 and 10,384 eggs (average 2,418 ± 2,089 eggs). Females lost on average 26% of the initially produced eggs. The average egg length increased from 0.55 (recently produced eggs) to 0.66 mm (eggs close to hatching). The water content of eggs increased significantly during embryogenesis by 11.4%. The RO was not related to female length and fluctuated between 4.1 and 16.0%, which are values within the range reported for other decapods. The results of the current research contribute to laying the foundations for future studies that help to define strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of this crustacean.