Reproductive cycle and maternal–embryonic nutritional relationship of shovelnose guitarfish Pseudobatos productus in the Gulf of California
Periodo de realización: 2016/06/01 al 2016/01/01
Tipo: Artículo científico
Lugar(es) de estudio: Campeche, Camp., México
Resumen: "Samples of the shovelnose guitarfish Pseudobatos productus were collected on board a vessel and
at landings of artisanal commercial fisheries in the Gulf of California from May 2004 to June 2007.
Samples of 650 females, 2047 embryos and 484 uterine eggs were examined. The reproductive
cycle is annual, ovulation and parturition occur in July, the uterine eggs are in diapause for 9 months
(July–March) before an accelerated growth of embryos of 3months. Histological analyses of the
uterine wall of pregnant females suggested that no secretions were used for embryo nourishment. The
standard percentage of water content was 48·6% in fertilized eggs and 80·75% in full-term embryos.
Dry mass loss during embryonic development was 16·3% and the chemical balance of development
was 0·84. This indicates that P. productus is a strictly lecithotrophic, viviparous species, that makes
no maternal contribution of nutrients during embryonic development."