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Aspects of the Population Dynamics and Biology of the Stone Crab (Menippe Mercenaria) in Everglades and Biscayne National Parks as Determined by Trapping.

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Date Issued:
1986-03
Summary:
Stone crabs (Menippe mercenaria) were trapped on a full moon from 6/79-6/80 throughout Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Salinity, temperature, water clarity, principal fouling biota, and bottom type were recorded at each station in addition to number, carapace size, condition, and sex of crabs caught. Relative abundance, proportion of females, and number of juveniles were highest in Everglades National Park from Lostman's River northward. Juveniles were never found at most stations sampled in Florida Bay. The primary source of adult crabs in Florida Bay appears to be from the Gulf of Mexico. Spatial and temporal variations in the distribution, abundance, size class frequency, sex ratio, and reproductive activity of stone crabs Menippe mercenaria was studied in south Florida coastal waters and existing knowledge of the species was synthesized. Abundance of juveniles and adults was highest and mean size was smallest from Lostman 's River northward. Abundance decreased and mean size increased with movement southward through Florida Bay. Juvenile distribution and abundance was directly related to abundance of adults and proportion of females in the trapped population. BNP resembled Florida Bay in number and size of adults and lack of juveniles.
Title: Aspects of the Population Dynamics and Biology of the Stone Crab (Menippe Mercenaria) in Everglades and Biscayne National Parks as Determined by Trapping.
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Name(s): Everglades National Park (Agency : U.S.). South Florida Natural Resources Center
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Technical Report
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1986-03
Publisher: United States. Department of Commerce. National Technical Information Service
Physical Form: electronic resource
Extent: 77 pages, illustrations.
Language(s): English
Summary: Stone crabs (Menippe mercenaria) were trapped on a full moon from 6/79-6/80 throughout Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Salinity, temperature, water clarity, principal fouling biota, and bottom type were recorded at each station in addition to number, carapace size, condition, and sex of crabs caught. Relative abundance, proportion of females, and number of juveniles were highest in Everglades National Park from Lostman's River northward. Juveniles were never found at most stations sampled in Florida Bay. The primary source of adult crabs in Florida Bay appears to be from the Gulf of Mexico. Spatial and temporal variations in the distribution, abundance, size class frequency, sex ratio, and reproductive activity of stone crabs Menippe mercenaria was studied in south Florida coastal waters and existing knowledge of the species was synthesized. Abundance of juveniles and adults was highest and mean size was smallest from Lostman 's River northward. Abundance decreased and mean size increased with movement southward through Florida Bay. Juvenile distribution and abundance was directly related to abundance of adults and proportion of females in the trapped population. BNP resembled Florida Bay in number and size of adults and lack of juveniles.
Identifier: FI07053111 (IID), 1039557 (digitool), fiu:21594 (fedora), AAC4935QF
Note(s): Electronic reproduction. [Florida] : State University System of Florida, PALMM Project, 2007. Mode of access: World Wide Web. Electronic version created 2007, State University System of Florida.
Subject(s): Menippe mercenaria.
Crustacea -- Florida -- Everglades National Park.
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