The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture – Bamidgeh 56(2), 2004, 95-101.
A PRELIMINARY STUDY ON THE EFFECTS OF SALINITY
ON EGG DEVELOPMENT OF EUROPEAN SQUID
(LOLIGO VULGARIS LAMARCK, 1798)
Ege University, Fisheries Faculty, Aquaculture Department, 35440, Iskele-Urla, Izmir, Turkiye
(Received 4.8.03, Accepted 26.1.04)
Key words: development, egg, incubation, Loligo vulgaris, salinity, squid
The effects of salinity on the development and incubation of European squid (Loligo vulgaris,
Lamarck, 1798) eggs were investigated from December 2001 to March 2002. The egg capsules
were incubated in 37‰, 34‰, 31‰, 28‰, and 0‰ salinity without any acclimation process.
Mean temperature was 12±2.0°C. Illumination was maintained at 1.5 lux at the water surface.
Full embryonic development and hatching were observed after 64-76 and 66-76 days at 37‰
and 34‰ salinity, respectively. Hatching rates were estimated as 88.5% at 37‰ and 60% at
34‰. In salinity below 34‰, the eggs died at very early stages. Average dorsal mantle lengths
of the new hatchlings were 2.53±0.08 mm at 37‰ and 2.48±0.11 mm at 34‰.
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