Temporal patterns of reproductive condition in the doughboy scallop, Chlamys (Mimachlamys) asperrima Lamarck, in Jervis Bay, Australia

Wayne A. O'Connor*, Michael P. Heasman

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The broodstock reproductive condition of doughboy scallops. Chlamys (Mimachlamys) asperrima Lamarck, in Jervis Bay, Australia, was monitored fortnightly for 2 y. Gonosomatic index (GSI), gonad weight, and macroscopic gonadal appearance were used to assess changes in the reproductive status of the population. In common with C. asperrima in Tasmania, a winter- spring peak in reproductive activity was observed, although macroscopically ripe (mature, ready-to-spawn) individuals were present in most collections. Peaks in reproductive indices occurred in June and August 1992 and in September 1993, during which partial spawning was evident. Male and female development was synchronous, although female scallops maintained higher GSIs and macroscopically higher levels of gonadal development and, at their reproductive peak, had higher calorific values for gonadal tissue. Female gonads were also consistently heavier than those of equivalent- sized males, although adductor muscle weight in males was on average 9% heavier than that of females. Observations of reproductive condition indicate that although the optimal times for the harvest of C. asperrima in Jervis Bay are likely to be similar to that of southern stocks, the presence of reproductively capable individuals at most times of the year in Jervis Bay could be of advantage in the hatchery production of the species and in the provision of embryos for ecotoxilogical studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-244
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Shellfish Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Chlamys
  • gonosomatic index
  • macroscopic index
  • reproductive cycle
  • scallop


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