From the Adriatic to Northern Norway—geographic differences in moult increment and moult probability of the European lobster (Homarus gammarus), across the natural range

Matthew T. Coleman, Anne-Lisbeth Agnalt, Jack Emmerson, Martial Laurens, Joanne S. Porter, Michael C. Bell

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Abstract

This study collated existing data on lobster moult increment from studies across the range of Homarus gammarus, together with new tagging data from Orkney, United Kingdom. Generalized additive models were used to investigate geographical differences in absolute moult increment and moult probability. Absolute moult increment was seen to differ significantly between regions and between sexes and showed a non-linear relationship with pre-moult size. Smaller absolute moult increments were observed at southern and northern latitudes with larger increments observed in the centre of the species range. Temperature was identified as a significant factor explaining differences in absolute moult increment between regions, consistent with there being a thermal optimum for growth for in H. gammarus. Moult and double moult probabilities decline with pre-moult size, with greatest probability of moulting occurring around day 250. Probability of double moulting increased with mean annual sea surface temperature. Regionally variable growth patterns, and localized adaptation to abiotic variables such as temperature, should therefore be taken into account when defining lobster stock assessment and fishery management areas.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberfsaa172
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2020

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