On reproductive strategies of the epipelagic octopods of the superfamily Argonautoidea (Cephalopoda : Octopoda)

Laptikhovsky V., Salman A.

MARINE BIOLOGY, cilt.142, ss.321-326, 2003 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 142 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2003
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00227-002-0959-6
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.321-326


Females of Tremoctopus violaceus, Argonauta argo and Ocythoe tuberculata in the Aegean Sea have larger eggs than specimens from the western Mediterranean and open ocean; the most probable reason is a shift in the reproductive strategies of Argonautoidea from the Aegean Sea toward the K-side, because of the high stability of this habitat in contrast to the unstable high seas. Potential fecundity of T. violaceus is 100,000-300,000; batch fecundity is 10,000-30,000, but at the beginning and at the end of spawning the batches are smaller. In A. argo potential fecundity is at least 85,000, with batch fecundity of some 2,000-4,000 eggs. The potential fecundity of small, mature O. tuberculata was 300,000 eggs. T. violaceus is an "intermittent terminal spawner", whereas both A. argo and O. tuberculata are "continuous spawners".