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Aspects of the reproductive biology of Heterobranchus longifilis (Valenciennes, 1840) in the Idodo River Basin, Southeastern Nigeria  [1997]

Inyang, N.M. Anibeze, C.I.P. Mgbenka, B.O. (University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria). Dept. of Zoology)

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Résumé
The maturation stages of the gonads, size at maturity, sex ratio and fecundity of Heterobranchus longifilis (Valenciennes, 1840) were examined on 320 specimens collected from the Idodo River, southeastern Nigeria from April 1991 to September 1992. Individuals with all stages of gonad maturation were collected throughout the year. The main spawning period based on gonad maturation occurred from May to September while a second period was in January and February. These periods coincided with the main rainy season and the short rainy season of the year, respectively. There was no significant difference (p more than 0.05) in the male:female ratio of the pooled sample. Fecundity ranged between 6001 to 51216 eggs per female (mean 24816 more or less 14676; weight of female, 374 more or less 297 g). Fecundity was highly and positively correlated with total length (r = 0.955), standard length (r = 0.937), body weight (r = 0.941) and ovary weight (r = 0.981) of the fish.
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Dautres sujets

  • genital system
  • bagre de agua dulce
  • systeme genital
  • muestreo
  • reproduccion sexual
  • factores ambientales
  • fertility
  • fertilidad
  • epoca de apareamiento
  • maturite sexuelle
  • cours d'eau
  • echantillonnage
  • sexual reproduction
  • cursos de agua
  • sex ratio
  • rivers
  • sexual maturity
  • nigeria
  • environmental factors
  • sampling
  • aparato genital
  • reproduction sexuee
  • facteur du milieu
  • poisson chat (d'eau douce)
  • madurez sexual
  • proporcion de los sexos
  • freshwater catfish
  • fertilite
  • breeding seasons
  • saison d'accouplement

(Revue

Journal of African Zoology (Belgium)

ISSN : 0776-7943

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Langue : English

Type : Summary

In AGRIS since : 1998

Volume : 111

Issue : 5

Start Page : 373

End Page : 379

All titles :

" Aspects of the reproductive biology of Heterobranchus longifilis (Valenciennes, 1840) in the Idodo River Basin, Southeastern Nigeria "