Reproductive biology of the sand dollar,Peronella lesueuri(L. Agassiz, 1841) (Echinoidea: Clypeasteroida: Laganidae), in south-western Australia
Yeo, S., Keesing, J.K. and van Keulen, M. (2015) Reproductive biology of the sand dollar,Peronella lesueuri(L. Agassiz, 1841) (Echinoidea: Clypeasteroida: Laganidae), in south-western Australia. Invertebrate Reproduction & Development, 59 (3). pp. 141-154.
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The reproductive biology of the sand dollar Peronella lesueuri was studied between 2009 and 2011 in Cockburn Sound, a large coastal embayment in south-western Australia. Individuals of P. lesueuri did not display sexual size-dimorphism, and the population was found to have a sex ratio of 1:1. Maturity occurred over the range of 80–115 mm with all sand dollars larger than 115 mm having distinct gonads. Monthly histological analysis of gonads and changes in oocyte proportions over time indicated that P. lesueuri has an annual reproductive cycle; gametogenesis occurs in spring and spawning in summer. Differences in the rate of gametogenesis between 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 may have been influenced by higher temperatures experienced in 2010/2011. P. lesueuri have large ova (mean = 210 μm), which suggests the species has lecithotrophic larval development.
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