The influence of salinity on the structure and status of mussel Mytilus galloprovincialispopulations in the Black Sea was examined. Lowering salinity results in an increase in mortality rate and a decrease in numbers, biomass, juvenile recruitment, growth rates, and annual production. Low salinity produces changes in the size, age, sex, and phenotypic structure of mussel populations, namely, a decrease in the average size and age of mussels and an increase in the proportion of females and heterozygote deficiency.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 16, 2004
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