Egg and larval quality of natural and induced spawns of red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus

  • Papanikos N
  • Phelps R
  • Williams K
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Abstract

Egg and larval quality of red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus from natural spawns of domesticated brooders and hormone-induced spawns of wild fish were compared. Eggs and larvae from natural spawns were found to be more viable in terms of fertilization, hatching and survival rate. Also, eggs from natural spawns were larger, and eggs and recently hatched larvae had larger oil-globule. These findings indicate that natural spawning of red snapper can be a sustainable and reliable source of good quality eggs.

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Authors

  • N. Papanikos

  • R. P. Phelps

  • K. Williams

  • A. Ferry

  • D. Maus

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