Spawning seasons of Rasbora tawarensis (Pisces: Cyprinidae) in Lake Laut Tawar, Aceh Province, Indonesia

Muchlisin, Z.A. and Musman, Musri and Siti-Azizah, M.N. (2010) Spawning seasons of Rasbora tawarensis (Pisces: Cyprinidae) in Lake Laut Tawar, Aceh Province, Indonesia. Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, 8(49), 10.1186/1477-7827-8-49

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Rasbora tawarensis is an endemic freshwater fish in Lake Laut Tawar, Aceh Province, Indonesia. Unfortunately, its status is regarded a critical endangered with populations decreasing in recent years. To date no information on the spawning activities of the fish are available. Therefore, this study provides a contribution to the. knowledge on reproductive biology of R. tawarensis especially on spawning seasons as well as basic information for conservation of the species. Monthly sampling was conducted from April 2008 to March 2009 by using selective gillnets. The gonadosomatic index, size composition and sex ratio were assessed. The gonadal development was evaluated based on macroscopic and microscopic examinations of the gonads. The gonadosomatic index (GSI) varied between 6.65 to 18.16 in female and 4.94 to 8.56 for male. GSI of the female R. tawarensis was higher in March, September and December indicating the onset of reproductive seasons, the GSI and oocyte size being directly correlated with gonadal development stages. Although, a greater proportion of mature male than female was detected during the study, the sex ratio showed that the overall number of female was higher than male. The ovaries had multiple oocyte size classes at every stage of gonadal development, thus R. tawarensis can be classified as a group synchronous spawner or a fractional multiple spawner. The spawning seasons of R. tawarensis were three times a year and September being the peak of the reproductive season and the female was the predominant sex. This species is classified as a group synchronous spawner. (PDF contains 8 pages)

Item Type: Article
Title: Spawning seasons of Rasbora tawarensis (Pisces: Cyprinidae) in Lake Laut Tawar, Aceh Province, Indonesia
Personal Creator/Author:
Musman, Musri
Siti-Azizah, M.N.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology
Volume: 8
Number: 49
Date: 2010
Additional Information: Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia; Universiti Sains Malaysia
Subjects: Conservation
Item ID: 3608
Depositing User: Dr. Z.A. Muchlisin
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2010 06:48
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2012 13:33
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