Growth and Longevity of the Gastropod Nucella heyseana in Vostok Bay, Sea of Japan

Growth and Longevity of the Gastropod Nucella heyseana in Vostok Bay, Sea of Japan Features of the morphology, longevity, and growth of the gastropod mollusk Nucella heyseana collected in different seasons in 2000–2001 in Vostok Bay (Sea of Japan) were investigated. Shell surface features such as grooves and spurs of the axial sculpture have proven to be unhelpful in the estimation of individual age and growth rate of this species. Concentric rings on the outside of the operculum formed yearly in the cold season are useful for these purposes. The longevity of N. heyseana in southern Primorye is 10 years; this value is similar to the life span of mollusks from the southern Kuril Islands. Local differences in longevity, growth allometry, and age changes in the body size and mass of N. heyseana in relation to habitat conditions are discussed. Russian Journal of Marine Biology Springer Journals

Growth and Longevity of the Gastropod Nucella heyseana in Vostok Bay, Sea of Japan

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Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright © 2003 by MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica”
Life Sciences; Freshwater & Marine Ecology
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