Alternate Title

Fecundity of Litopenaeus setiferus, Farfantepenaeus aztecus and F. duorarum, in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico

Document Type



Fecundity of white shrimp, Litopenaeus setiferus, brown shrimp, Farfantepenaeus aztecus, and pink shrimp F. duorarum and relationships to gonad weights and total and carapace length were estimated. Ovigerous females were collected in the southern Gulf of Mexico in February, May, August and November 1993. Fecundity was estimated by means of a gravimetric method. The equations relating fecundity to total weight and fecundity to gonad weight were linear in the 3 species. However, an exponential relationship was found between fecundity and carapace length in L. setiferus and F. aztecus. Of the relationships examined, gonad weight was considered a more precise indicator of fecundity. Fecundity estimates ranged from 70,647 to 558,270 eggs for 0.203 and 5.639 g gonad weight of L. setiferus, from 23,298 to 494,292 eggs for 0.061 to 2.561 g gonad weight in F. aztecus and from 138,618 to 225,543 eggs for 0.120 to 0.998 g gonad weight in F. duorarum.

First Page


Last Page