Changes in the distribution density of locate, Thaisella chocolata (Duclos, 1832) (Gastropoda, Thaididae) as an indicator for predicting their reproductive events

Miguel Avendaño, Marcela Cantillanez, Marcelo Oliva, María González

Submited: 2022-08-24 12:39:57 | Published: 2023-04-30 20:21:48

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3856/vol51-issue2-fulltext-2985

Abstract


For a population of locate, Thaisella chocolata, in La Rinconada, Chile, on a grid of 39 stations distributed along three 910 m-long transects at depths of 5 to 18.5 m, Moran and Morisita indices were used to evaluate whether density variations along the depth distribution are related to the stratification of larger sizes at the beginning of their reproductive process. Results indicate that before, during, and after forming reproductive aggregations, there is a T. chocolata increase in density in the shallow stratum (5 to 13 m). This finding is corroborated by the Moran index, which showed a greater autocorrelation in January-May, September-October, and January 2010, and by the Morisita index; thus, it is validated as a potentially easy-to-use indicator for assessing the reproductive process of this species. This index could also alert fishermen to the prevalence of reproductive aggregations in an area and that these aggregations should not be exploited as is currently the case to ensure the reproductive success of this species.

Avendaño M, Cantillanez M, Oliva M, González M. Changes in the distribution density of locate, Thaisella chocolata (Duclos, 1832) (Gastropoda, Thaididae) as an indicator for predicting their reproductive events. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res.. 2023;51(2): 238-247. Available from: doi:10.3856/vol51-issue2-fulltext-2985 [Accessed 24 May. 2024].
Avendaño, M., Cantillanez, M., Oliva, M., & González, M. (2023). Changes in the distribution density of locate, Thaisella chocolata (Duclos, 1832) (Gastropoda, Thaididae) as an indicator for predicting their reproductive events. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, 51(2), 238-247. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3856/vol51-issue2-fulltext-2985