Life cycle of the western school prawn, Metapenaeus dalli Racek, in a Western Australian estuary
Potter, I.C., Penn, J.W. and Brooker, K.S. (1986) Life cycle of the western school prawn, Metapenaeus dalli Racek, in a Western Australian estuary. Marine and Freshwater Research, 37 (1). pp. 95-103.
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The absence of marine records for M. dalli below latitude 31ºS., together with data on gonadal stages and spermatophore deposition on females of this species in the Swan estuary, provide very strong indications that the western school prawn typically breeds in estuarine environments in south-western Australia. The 0 + recruits, which first appeared in samples in February, remained in the estuary during the following months and by November had reached a size suitable for exploitation. At this time they were approaching sexual maturity and were starting to move from the shallows to the deeper waters of the estuary where they remained for their second year of life. In contrast to Australian Penaeus species, M. dalli mates during the intermoult period when the shell is hard rather than immediately after moulting.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Environmental and Life Sciences|
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