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|Title: ||Primary and secondary oocyte growth dynamics in anadromous semelparous allis shad Alosa alosa|
|Authors: ||Mouchlianitis, F.A.|
|Issue Date: ||2019|
|Citation: ||Mouchlianitis, F.A.; A.F. Belo; A.R. Vieira; B.R. Quintella; P.R. Almeida & K. Ganias (2019). Primary and secondary oocyte growth dynamics in anadromous semelparous allis shad Alosa alosa. Journal of Fish Biology.|
|Abstract: ||We analysed the ovarian dynamics of the anadromous semelparous allis shad Alosa alosa for which our working hypothesis was that mature pre‐spawning females would have very low or even exhausted primary growth (PG) oocyte reserves; semelparity has been linked with the depletion of the pool of PG oocytes. To test this hypothesis, the PG oocytes were enumerated, their recruitment pattern to the secondary growth (SG) phase was analysed and their potential replenishment from the pool of oogonia was examined in females caught very close to the Mondego River mouth, in central Portugal and along the river. The development of the SG oocytes was also analysed, the fecundity (batch, total and annual) values were estimated and the intensity of atresia was quantified. Ovarian samples and histological sections were investigated in parallel. A dynamic recruitment pattern of PG oocytes to the SG phase was revealed, where all PG oocytes were recruited and were not replenished by oogonia. Annual fecundity was subject to down‐regulation due to atresia prior to spawning and its size was multiple times higher than the size of batch fecundity. Lack of population synchronicity in ovarian development and spawning migration was also observed. This multifaceted analysis of the ovarian dynamics of this species will contribute to management efforts for this critically endangered and economically important fish throughout its geographical distribution. The results reported in this study will also assist in unravelling the complexity of the early processes of oogenesis in fish.|
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