Reproductive biology of Black Anglerfish (Lophius budegassa) in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea

Ana I. Colmenero, Víctor M. Tuset, Laura Recasens, Pilar Sánchez
2013 Fishery Bulletin  
Gonadal morphology and reproductive biology of the Black Anglerfish (Lophius budegassa) were studied by examining 4410 specimens collected between June 2007 and December 2010 in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Ovaries and testes presented traits common among fishes of the order Lophiiformes. Spawning occurred between November and March. Size at first maturity (L 50 ) was 33.4 cm in total length (TL) for males and 48.2 cm TL for females. Black Anglerfish is a total spawner with
more » ... ous oocyte development and determinate fecundity. Fecundity values ranged from 87,569 to 398,986 oocytes, and mean potential fecundity was estimated at 78,929 (standard error of the mean [SE] 13,648) oocytes per kilogram of mature female. This study provides the first description of the presence of 2-3 eggs sharing the same chamber and a semicystic type of spermatogenesis for Black Anglerfish. This new information allows for a better understanding of Black Anglerfish reproduction-knowledge that will be useful for the assessment and management of this species.
doi:10.7755/fb.111.4.8 fatcat:lxdagf3fg5ehpokmquthv6l6au