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The reproductive biology and ecology of Gammarus duebeni (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in southern England

  • Martin Sheader (a1)

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A study was made of the life cycle and reproductive ecology of Gammarus duebeni in the Test Estuary on the south coast of England. The species is towards the southern limit of its distributional range in the north-east Atlantic, which results in breeding continuing throughout much of the year. The breeding strategy employed was found to vary with season. The size of eggs produced and the rate of egg production were both temperature dependent, whereas the proportion of production expended on eggs and the number of eggs per brood, although probably influenced by temperature appeared to be controlled by food availability and female size. Factors affecting the mortality of eggs within the marsupium and breeding synchrony were considered in relation to season. The life cycle consisted of two major overlapping generations.

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The reproductive biology and ecology of Gammarus duebeni (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in southern England

  • Martin Sheader (a1)

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