Distribution and population dynamics of the rock shrimp Sicyonia ingentis and Sicyonia penicillata (Decapoda: Sicyoniidae) in the Gulf of California

Rufino Morales-Azpeitia, Edgar A. Arzola-Sotelo, Carlos H. Rábago-Quiroz, Juana López-Martínez, Alejandro Acevedo Cervantes

Submited: 2018-06-14 15:45:32 | Published: 2019-07-08 12:39:13

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol47-issue3-fulltext-14

Abstract


Aspects of distribution and population dynamics were assessed in two rock shrimp species of the genus Sicyonia. Samples were obtained by sea bottom trawling in depths from 50 to 460 m during two research cruises on board the B/I BIP XII in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Taxonomic identification of specimens was performed; measurements of individual length and weight data were taken to obtain biometric relationships and length frequencies. Growth parameter estimations were performed adjusting the von Bertalanffy growth model (VBGM), and the recruitment pattern was obtained by the ELEFAN II method. Longevity was estimated with the Taylor equation, natural mortality with six different models, and length at first maturity by the logistic model. A total of 67 fishing trawls were monitored, and 1,330 specimens were caught (65% S. ingentis; 35% S. penicillata) in the depth range from 124 to 338 m. Sex ratio (F:M) was 1.0:1.6 for both species; weight and length relationships (both sexes) showed an isometric growth for S. ingentis and positive allometric growth for S. penicillata. Growth parameters and longevity values were moderate (1.71 and 1.81 years) with age at first maturity around six months for both species. The recruitment pattern showed continuous periods all year long, with a notable peak from November to May. Average natural mortality was 2.47 for S. ingentis and 2.35 for S. penicillata. Distribution and population dynamics information reported in this study for these two shrimp species should be considered as base knowledge in subsequent studies on fisheries management in the Gulf of California.

Morales-Azpeitia R, Arzola-Sotelo E, Rábago-Quiroz C, López-Martínez J, Cervantes A. Distribution and population dynamics of the rock shrimp Sicyonia ingentis and Sicyonia penicillata (Decapoda: Sicyoniidae) in the Gulf of California. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2019;47(3): 524-535. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol47-issue3-fulltext-14 [Accessed 20 Sep. 2019].
Morales-Azpeitia, R., Arzola-Sotelo, E., Rábago-Quiroz, C., López-Martínez, J., & Cervantes, A. (2019). Distribution and population dynamics of the rock shrimp Sicyonia ingentis and Sicyonia penicillata (Decapoda: Sicyoniidae) in the Gulf of California. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 47(3), 524-535. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol47-issue3-fulltext-14