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47_06_09

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Malays. Appl. Biol. (2018) 47(6): 69–75

 

ESTIMATION OF SIZE AT SEXUAL MATURITY OF BLUE CRAB,

Portunus pelagicus IN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

 

NORLIYANA ASEMARI, NUR ATIKAH MATDAH, SIMON KUMAR DAS* and YOSNI BAKAR


School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology,

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

*E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Accepted 10 July 2018, Published online 31 December 2018

 

ABSTRACT

The size at the onset of maturity of the blue crab (Portunus pelagicus) is an important reference for decision making in fisheries management. The size at 50% sexual maturity (SOM50) was investigated for crabs from the opposite coasts (east and west) of peninsular Malaysia. A total of 1554 and 1546 crabs from Kuala Kedah (west) and Mersing (east), respectively were utilized. Four common models were used for estimating SOM50. The SOM50 estimated for females (113-118 mm) were higher than males (105-110 mm). Crabs from Kuala Kedah attained maturity at bigger size than crabs from Mersing. The Akaike information criterion corrected for small sample indicated that the models were comparable but Lysack’s model appeared the best for female crabs from Kuala Kedah. The use of gonadosomatic index (GSI) to estimate size at maturity for this species is not precise.

Key words: Gonadosomatic index, blue crab, size at maturity, management

 

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