Impact of parasites on the reproduction and fecundity of the blue sand crab Portunus pelagicus from Moreton Bay, Australia

@inproceedings{Shields1993ImpactOP,
  title={Impact of parasites on the reproduction and fecundity of the blue sand crab Portunus pelagicus from Moreton Bay, Australia},
  author={Jeffrey D. Shields},
  year={1993}
}
The rhizocephalan Sacculina granifera had a marked effect on the gonad development and growth of its host Portunus pelagicus (L.). Crabs were frequently castrated by the parasite, but, in some cases, castration was incomplete. That is, the reproductive potential of the ~nfected host is not necessarily zero. Infected hosts were also capable of n~a t ing and, in a few cases, actually produced egg clutches. The impact of mating between uninfected and castrated crabs has not been previously… CONTINUE READING

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