Scientia Marina, Vol 76, No 3 (2012)

Particular features of gonadal maturation and size at first maturity in Atrina maura (Bivalvia: Pinnidae)

Marian A. Camacho-Mondragón
Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas-IPN , Mexico

Marcial Arellano-Martínez
Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas-IPN , Mexico

Bertha P. Ceballos-Vázquez
Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas-IPN , Mexico


The gonadal maturation of Atrina maura was examined by means of histological analysis and quantitative criteria. Particular features not previously described for this species are reported in this study: in both males and females the undifferentiated stage is absent and there is massive gamete resorption when the seawater temperature reaches 25°C; in males, there is continuous spawning concurrent with other gonadal development stages and the adipogranular cells surrounding the acini walls decrease with testis ripeness, which suggests they play an energetic role. Atresia displayed two stages: cytoplasmic structures with oocyte degeneration and digestion by hemocytes. The oocyte diameter was larger than that reported for cultured specimens. Size at first maturity was reached at 23.3 cm in shell height (SH) (12.2 cm in shell length, SL) in females and 22.8 cm SH (12.0 cm SL) in males.


reproduction; resorption; adipogranular cells; size at first maturity

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