Aquat. Living Resour.
Volume 31, 2018
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||20 November 2018|
Seasonal steroid variations in relation to maturity stages in the female Pacific red snapper Lutjanus peru in the Gulf of California, Mexico
Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias marinas, Unidad Piloto de Maricultivos,
PO Box 592, La Paz, B.C.S. 23000, Mexico
2 Instituto de Acuicultura de Torre la Sal (IATS-CSIC), 12595-Ribera de Cabanes, Castellón, Spain
3 Universidad del Mar. Ciudad Universitaria. Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca 70902, Mexico
4 Department Cell Biology, Physiology and Immunology, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Handling Editor: Pierre Boudry
Accepted: 19 September 2018
Reproductive steroid concentration and gonadal development as well as plasma cortisol were investigated during the reproductive period (April to October) of the Pacific red snapper Lutjanus peru, a commercial and important local fishery species in the surrounding areas of Bahía La Paz, Gulf of California, Mexico. Gonads in April were immature and characterized by the presence of oocytes at the chromatin nucleolar and perinucleolar stages. In the next month, more than 50% of the fish showed gonads in vitellogenesis, characterized by the presence of cortical alveoli and early vitellogenic (V1) oocytes. Late vitellogenic and mature gonads were present in July, August and September. Postovulatory follicles were observed only in gonads collected in August, indicating spawning activity of these individuals. The gonadosomatic index (GSI) increased significantly (p <0.05) from April and May to July, when it reached its maximum value. A significant increase (p <0.05) in plasma testosterone (T) was also observed in July compared to previous months, and plasma estradiol (E2) concentration was significantly higher (p <0.05) in September than in April. Cortisol concentration was significantly higher (p <0.05) in September than in May. Significant differences (p <0.05) between gonadal stages were observed for GSI and E2 but not for T. We conclude that the Pacific red snapper, in the surrounding areas of Bahía de la Paz, showed an asynchronous ovarian growth starting in May when water temperature increased and that was characterized by several spawning events.
Key words: Estradiol / testosterone / cortisol / oocyte / gonadal maturation
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