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Hydrobiological Journal
SJR: 0.227 SNIP: 0.575 CiteScore™: 0.24

ISSN Print: 0018-8166
ISSN Online: 1943-5991

Hydrobiological Journal

DOI: 10.1615/HydrobJ.v34.i4-5.70
pages 69-76

Individual Variation and Seasonal Dynamics of Carotenoid Content in Gonads of Black Sea Mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis Cultivated in Collectors

G. S. Minyuk
A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, NAS of Ukraine, 2, Nakhimov Pr., Sevastopol 99011, Crimea
M. V. Nekhoroshev
A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Marine Biological Researches, 2 Nakhimov Pr., Sevastopol 99001, Crimea
Z. A. Romanova
Institute of the Biology of Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Sevastopol, Ukraine
T. N. Yaitskaya
Institute of the Biology of Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Sevastopol, Ukraine
A. F. Kozintsev
A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of Southern Seas, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2, Nakhimov Prosp., 99011 Sevastopol, Republic of Crimea, Ukraine

ABSTRACT

Carotenoid content in mature gonads of cultivated Black Sea mussels (shell length 54−90 mm) demonstrated a strong seasonal variation and proved to be independent of sex, size, and age of mollusks and the degree of gonad maturation at the prespawning stage. The seasonal dynamics of carotenoid content in gonads correlated with that of phytoplankton abundance and biomass in the region of mussel cultivation.


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