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      Reproductive biology of the mutton hamlet on the coast of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil

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          This paper focuses on the reproductive biology of the Mutton Hamlet, Alphestesafer, a fish belonging to the family Epinephelidae, and aims to provide information on the main reproductive parameters of the species on the north coast of the state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil. From a total of 783 individuals, collected between March 2007 and June 2010, and from February to November 2014, the gonads of 322 fishes (235 females and 87 males) were analyzed, for the identification of sex and maturational stages. Females were more abundant and larger than males, with a sex ratio of 2.4 females: 1 male, during the reproduction season. The size at first maturity (L 50) was estimated at 16.8 cm total length for females, and 16.2 cm for males. The gonadosomatic index (GSI) indicated that a reproductive cycle occurs all year round, while reproduction takes place from June to November. The fecundity of Alphestesafer ranged from 105,317 to 270,192 oocytes, averaging 173,458 oocytes. The females are more abundant than males due to the process of protogyny and also because individuals are regularly captured at growth stages above the L 50, being a positive aspect for the sustainability of the fishery. According to the GSI, the species presents a split-type spawning with two peaks occurring throughout the year.

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                Journal
                Neotropical Biology and Conservation
                NBC
                Pensoft Publishers
                2236-3777
                July 15 2019
                July 15 2019
                : 14
                : 2
                : 157-168
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                10.3897/neotropical.14.e37601
                © 2019

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