Reproduction of grey snapper (Teleostei: Lutjanidae) in the southern Gulf of Mexico

Authors

  • Karina del C. Macal-López Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Departamento de Recursos del Mar, Unidad Mérida https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6036-6002
  • Thierry Brulé Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Departamento de Recursos del Mar, Unidad Mérida https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0691-8934
  • Julián René Torres-Villegas Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Departamento de Pesquerías y Biología Marina https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6691-3393
  • Teresa Colás-Marrufo Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Departamento de Recursos del Mar, Unidad Mérida https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3955-7696
  • Virginia Elena Noh-Quiñones Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Departamento de Recursos del Mar, Unidad Mérida https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9048-6053

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.05293.047

Keywords:

sex ratio, sexual maturity, spawning season, Lutjanidae, Mexico

Abstract


Snappers exhibit reproductive trait plasticity in response to habitat distribution. Lutjanus griseus is among the most economically important snappers in the western Central Atlantic but has received limited study in the region. Data on the reproductive biology of the L. griseus population were collected on the continental shelf of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Over a nineteen-month period, 1236 specimens were captured monthly in three Yucatan artisanal fishing fleet operational areas. Data were grouped by month to generate an annual analysis. Individual sex and maturation status were identified by gonad histology. Median size did not differ between females (33.2 cm fork length [FL]) and males (33.3 cm FL), and the sex ratio was balanced (F:M=0.98:1.00). Size at maturity was 24.2 cm FL for females (38% of maximum size reported for the species) and 22.8 cm FL for males (36% of maximum size), and the spawning season ran from May to September. The results confirm that this population exhibits the typical reproductive pattern of snappers distributed on continental shelves or in shallow water areas and provide critical data for stock assessment and implementation of management measures for L. griseus stock in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

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2022-12-14

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Macal-López K del C, Brulé T, Torres-Villegas JR, Colás-Marrufo T, Noh-Quiñones VE. Reproduction of grey snapper (Teleostei: Lutjanidae) in the southern Gulf of Mexico. scimar [Internet]. 2022Dec.14 [cited 2023Jan.28];86(4):e047. Available from: https://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/1936

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Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología
Grant numbers 254556;2018 PNPC RM;2015-2018 FOMIX YUC

Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación
Grant numbers PPF/DGOPA-004/19;PPF/DGOPA-030/20