Species composition, reproduction and body size of mud crabs, genus Scylla de Haan, 1833, were investigated using gill nets from October 2008 to October 2009 in Urado Bay, Japan. Three mud crab species were identified in the area, with S. paramamosain Estampador, 1949 being the dominant species (74% of the catch), followed by S. serrata (Forskål, 1775) (23%) and S. olivacea (Herbst, 1796) (3%). We found temporal changes in species composition with abundances of S. serrata increasing towards the summer season. Ovigerous females of S. paramamosain and S. olivacea occur between January and October, peaking in the warm (May-July) and rainy (June-July) seasons, but we found no berried females of S. serrata. The female-biased sex ratios of S. paramamosain and S. serrata, and the larger body size of females during the period from autumn (November) to early spring (April), suggest that large gravid females may have migrated offshore before the spawning season. The mean body size of females and males of S. paramamosain and S. serrata tended to increase and the mating activity was high between May and October, showing the moulting and growth season.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.
Vol. 32 • No. 5