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Re: fish spawning in crab


"Dr.C.L.McLay" <[log in to unmask]>


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Tue, 30 Jul 1996 09:25:17 +1300





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I don't know anything about fish spawning in clams but there is an
interesting case of fish spawning in the gill chamber of certaiin
lithodid crabs. Female liparid fish, Careproctus spp., use their long
ovipositor to lay large diameter eggs in the gill chambers of king
crab, Paralithodes camschatica, North Pacific, the box crab,
Lopholithodes foraminutus, off California and B.C., stone crab,
Lithodes tropicalis, off Namibia, and Paralomis granulosa, off Chile.
Strangely, the eggs are laid in only one gill chamber at a time.
Some references are:
Hunter (1969) Pac. Sci. 23: 546-547
Peden & Corbet (1973) Can. J. Zool. 51: 555-556
Melville-Smith & Louw (1987) Sth. Sfr. J. Zool. 22: 140-142
Colin McLay.
> Dear Fish-folks,
> A colleague of mine asked me to post the following message. Please respond
> to Ronn Altig, [log in to unmask] Thanks. Chris Taylor
> "There is a female fish that has a long ovipositional tube that she uses to
> lay her eggs in a clam (via the siphon).
> 1. What is the family/genus/species? 2. Structurally or developmentally,
> what is that tube? Does it serve only the genital opening or does she also
> defecate through it?
> Thanks!! Ronn Altig."
> *************************
> Christopher M. Taylor, Ph.D.
> Department of Biological Sciences
> Mississippi State University
> P.O. Drawer GY
> Mississippi State, MS 39762
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> Phone: 601-325-8591
> FAX: 601-325-7939
> *************************
> Dr Colin McLay
Zoology Department
Canterbury University
PB 4800, Christchurch
New Zealand.
Tel: +64 3 364 2887
FAX: +64 3 364 2024
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