Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 2
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Abadia-Chanona, Quetzalli Yasú Avila-Poveda, Omar Hernando Arellano-Martínez, Marcial and Ceballos-Vázquez, Bertha Patricia 2016. Observation and establishment of gonad development stages in polyplacophorans (Mollusca):Chiton (Chiton) articulatusa case study. Acta Zoologica,

    Avila-Poveda, Omar Hernando 2013. Annual Change in Morphometry and in Somatic and Reproductive Indices ofChiton articulatusAdults (Polyplacophora: Chitonidae) from Oaxaca, Mexican Pacific. American Malacological Bulletin, Vol. 31, Issue. 1, p. 65.

  • Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Volume 89, Issue 2
  • March 2009, pp. 405-411

Reproductive periodicity of the tropical intertidal chiton Acanthopleura gemmata at One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef, near its southern latitudinal limit

  • S.S. Barbosa (a1), M. Byrne (a1) and B.P. Kelaher (a2)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 01 April 2009

Reproduction in the pantropical chiton Acanthopleura gemmata was examined at One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef, near the southern limit of its distribution, using gonad histology and gonad index (GI). Gonad growth was associated with the onset of gametogenesis in mid-spring. Fully mature gonads were present from early summer until late autumn. During these months gametes at various stages of development were present in the gonads indicating a continuous pattern of gamete development and release over the six month spawning season. Following the maximum GI (March/April) there was a sharp drop in the index marking the end of spawning. In winter, the gonads entered a rest period and remained small in size. The reproductive pattern of A. gemmata at its southern limit is similar and 6 months out of phase to that reported for populations in the Gulf of Suez, at the northern limit of its distribution. This suggests that photoperiod may be an important factor in modulating reproduction. Reproduction of A. gemmata at One Tree Island is also similar to that for populations in the northern Great Barrier Reef.

Corresponding author
Correspondence should be addressed to: S.S. Barbosa, Anatomy and Histology, Bosch Institute, F13, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia email:
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

M.R. Billingham , T.B.H. Reusch , F. Alberto and E.A. Serrao (2003) Is asexual reproduction more important at geographical limits? A genetic study of the seagrass Zostera marina in the Ria Formosa, Portugal. Marine Ecology Progress Series 265, 7783.

J. Buckland-Nicks (1993) Hull cupules of chiton eggs: parachute structures and sperm focusing devices? Biological Bulletin. Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole 184, 269276.

M. Byrne , M.G. Morrice and B. Wolf (1997) Introduction of the northern Pacific asteroid Asterias amurensis to Tasmania: reproduction and current distribution. Marine Biology 127, 673685.

G. Chelazzi , S. Focardi and J.L. Deneobourg (1983) A comparative study on the movement patterns of two sympatric tropical chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). Marine Biology 74, 115125.

R.G. Creese (1980) Reproductive cycles and fecundities of four common eastern Australian archaeogastropod limpets (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 31, 4959.

D.R. Currie (1990) Reproductive periodicity of three species of chitons at a site in New South Wales, Australia (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 17, 2532.

D.J. Eernisse (1988) Reproductive patterns in six species of Lepidochitona (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from the Pacific Coast of North America. Biological Bulletin. Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole 174, 286302.

A.C. Giese and J.S. Pearse (1974) Introduction: general principles. In A.C. Giese and J.S. Pearse (eds) Reproduction of marine invertebrates, Volume I, acoelomate and pseudocoelomate metazoans. New York: Academic Press. pp. 149.

J.H. Himmelman (1978) The reproductive cycle of Katharina tunicata (Wood) and its controlling factors. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 31, 2741.

J.H. Himmelman (1979) Factors regulating the reproductive cycles of two northeast Pacific chitons, Tonicella lineata and T. insignis. Marine Biology 50, 215225.

C.P. Meyer , J.B. Geller and G. Paulay (2005) Fine scale endemism on coral reefs: archipelagic differentiation in Turbinid gastropods. Evolution 59, 113125.

P.J.W. Olive , S.E. Rees and A. Djundaedi (1998) Influence of photoperiod on oocyte growth in the semelparous polychaete Nereis (Neanthes) viriens. Marine Biology Progress Series 172, 169183.

J.S. Pearse (1979) Polyplacophora. In A.C. Giese and J.S. Pearse (eds) Reproduction of marine invertebrates, Volume 5, molluscs: pelecypods and lesser classes. New York: Academic Press, pp. 2785.

J.S. Pearse and D.J. Eernisse (1982) Photoperiod regulation of gametogenesis and gonadal growth in the sea star Pisaster ochraceous. Marine Biology 67, 121125.

J.S. Pearse , D.J. Eernisse , V.B. Pearse and K.A. Beauchamp (1986) Photoperiodic regulation of gametogenesis in sea stars, with evidence for an annual calendar independent of fixed daylength. American Zoologist 26, 417431.

H.P. Richter (1976) Feinstrukturelle Untersuchungen zur Oogenese der Kaferschnecke Lepidochitona cinereus (Mollusca, Polyplacophora). Helgoländer Wissenschaftliche Meeresuntersuchungen 28, 250303.

E.R. Sakker (1986) Seasonal reproductive cycles of three Australian species of chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). International Journal of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 10, 116.

E. Yoshioka (1987) Annual reproductive cycle of the chiton Acanthopleura japonica. Marine Biology 96, 371374.

E. Yoshioka (1989) Experimental analysis of the diurnal and tidal spawning rhythm in the chiton Acanthopleura japonica (Lischke) by manipulating conditions of light and tide. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 133, 8191.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • ISSN: 0025-3154
  • EISSN: 1469-7769
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-marine-biological-association-of-the-united-kingdom
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *