Gonadic conditioning and maturation of the queen conch (Dosinia ponderosa) fed three microalgae at three temperatures

Emmanuel Villanueva-Gutiérrez, Luis Fernando Enríquez-Ocaña, José Antonio López-Elias, María del Carmen Garza-Aguirre, José Manuel Mazón-Suástegui, Luis Rafael Martínez-Córdova*

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Gonadic conditioning and maturation of queen clam Dosinia ponderosa fed three microalgae (Isochrysis galbana, Tetraselmis suecica and Chaetoceros calcitrans) at three temperatures (20, 25 and 30°C) were assessed. Histological analysis showed six gonadic stages, indicators of maturity. The evaluation included sex proportion, oocyte diameter and frequency of gonadic stages after 22 (middle of trial) and 44 days (end of trial). At day 22, around 60% of females conditioned at 20°C, reached stage III (advances grade of maturation) when fed T. suecica. At day 44, around 50% of females were on stage III, conditioned at 20 and 25°C and fed T. suecica and C. calcitrans. For males, the best combination was C. calcitrans at 20 and 25°C. The temperature of 30°C resulted inadequate for maturation, especially when fed the diatom Isochrysis galbana. High mortalities occurred at that temperature with the three microalgal diets, especially in females. The results permits conclude that T. suecica and C. calcitrans are good sources of feed for D. ponderosa and that the best range of temperature for gonadic development is 22–25°C. These results may be basic for a best management and culture of this clam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalAquaculture Nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019

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  • Dosinia ponderosa
  • gonadic conditioning
  • maturation
  • microalgae
  • temperature


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