Width/Length-Weight Relationships of the Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun 1896) Population Living in Beymelek Lagoon Lake


Abstract: In this study, the width/length-weight relationships by sex, combined with the condition factors, of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun 1896) population living in Beymelek Lagoon Lake (Antalya) were examined. A total of 1027 samples ranging from 5.1 to 18.1 cm in width and weighing between 8.92 and 448 g were collected and analyzed. The relationship between carapace width/carapace length and weight was W = 0.6804L2.9364 with r2 = 0.86 and W = 0.1907L2.5656 with r2 = 0.88 (where L = width or length of crab in mm and W = weight in g) and condition factors were 48.196 and 6.638 for all crabs.

Keywords: Blue crab Callinectes sapidus, width/length-weight relationship, Beymelek Lagoon Lake

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