Reproduction of the Silverbelly (Leiognathus klunzingeri Steindachner, 1898) in Yumurtalık Bight (Adana), Turkey


Abstract: This present study was performed to identify reproductive peculiarities of the silverbelly (Leiognathus klunzingeri) in Yumurtalık Bight. For this purpose, 430 individuals were obtained by monthly sampling between October 1997 and September 1998 and then they were examined. By using the monthly changes in the mean values of the Gonadosomatic Index (GSI) and Fulton's Condition Factor (K), we found that reproduction period occurred between July and September, length at first maturity was 5.8 cm and 5.5 cm for males and females, respectively, egg diameter was between 0.8 and 1.0 mm and mean annual fecundity was 2789 ± 2109.

Keywords: Silverbelly (Leiognathus klunzingeri), reproduction, gonadosomatic index (GSI), Fulton's condition factor (K),

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