Authors: MUZAFFER MUSTAFA HARLIOĞLU
Abstract: The relationships between length-weight, and meat yield of freshwater crayfish, Astacus leptodactylus, in the Ağın Region of Keban Dam Lake, were investigated. In both sexes a linear relation was found between carapace length and wet body weight (r^2_males= 0.923 and r^2_females= 0.882). In addition, regression coefficients (slopes) showed that negative allometric body weight increase occurs in both sexes (slope_ males= 2.66 and slope_ females = 2.51). For a certain size range (46-58 mm carapace), the abdomen width of females was found to be significantly larger (P <0.001) than that of males. However, the chelae width, chelae length and cheliped length of males were found to be significantly larger and longer (P <0.001 for each case) than those of females. Although there was not a significant difference in the abdomen meat yield between males and females (P >0.05), there was a significant difference in the chelae and total meat yield between males and females (P <0.001 for each case) in favour of the former. In the present study, it was also observed that negative allometric growth occurs in the abdomen meat of both sexes which should be considered in the determination of harvesting time in the management of crayfish farms.
Keywords: crayfish, Astacus leptodactylus, length-weight, meat yield, allometric growth
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