Modelling the growth of crustacean species

Modelling the growth of crustacean species Crustaceans play an important role in marine ecosystem and worldwide fisheries. Accurate and quantitative description of growth is crucial in modelling the demographics and fisheries stock assessment. The stepwise growth as a result of the moulting process and the lack of permanent calcified structures make the traditional approaches developed for finfish inappropriate for crustaceans. This study reviews the data collection, quantitative methods and various sources of uncertainty for modelling the growth of crustacean. The methods were reviewed based on their data requirement and mathematical/statistical complexity ranging from simple growth rate, continuous growth curve to stepwise growth curve and size transition matrix. A comparative example of different growth models was illustrated with four selected crustaceans: American lobster (Homarus americanus, Nephropidae), Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister, Cancridae), blue crab (Callinectes sapidus, Portunidae) and pronghorn spiny lobster (Panulirus penicillatus, Palinuridae). Model selection and multi-model inference based on the information theory was discussed for modelling the growth components of moutling increment and intermoult period. Various drivers in determination of the growth pattern of crustaceans were evaluated, including life history strategy and environmental stress. The incorporation of environmental factors into the development of growth models and the recent progress in age-determination were highlighted. We discussed possible research needs for better quantification of crustaceans growth. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

Modelling the growth of crustacean species

Loading next page...
Springer Netherlands
Copyright © 2011 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Life Sciences; Zoology; Freshwater & Marine Ecology
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site


You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.

DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 12 million articles from more than
10,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • No expiration
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches


Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial

Best Deal — 39% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 39% off!
  • Billed annually
  • No expiration
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.



billed annually
Start Free Trial

14-day Free Trial