This study was undertaken using data drawn from 5 sites along the Atlantic shoreline of Galicia (Northwest Spain) for a period of 2 y. The length—weight relationship of Pollicipes pollicipes (Gmelin, 1789) was estimated to observe the way in which individuals of this species gain weight as they increase in size. A classic allometric model was used for the purpose. As an alternative, a more general nonparametric model was also estimated, using local linear kernel smoothers. Comparison of these two models showed that use of the nonparametric model resulted in a better fit of the data. In addition, derivatives were used for estimating a size of capture for this species. For the same purpose, we also estimated this crustacean's mean size at sexual maturation (L50) and the number of broods that it spawns per annum. Individuals' weight gain, a female maturity size of 15.7 mm, and P. pollicipes' estimated 1.73 broods per annum tend to suggest a size of capture based on a rostrocarinal length of 21.50 mm.
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