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Weight–length relationships of 25 bivalve species (Mollusca: Bivalvia) from the Algarve coast (southern Portugal)

  • M.B. Gaspar (a1), M.N. Santos (a1) and P. Vasconcelos (a1)

Weight–length relationships of some of the most abundant bivalve species from the Algarve coast (southern Portugal) captured during several exploratory fishing surveys carried out during 2000 on a soft bottom in the subtidal zone down to 25 m depth are reported. For this study a total of 7429 individuals were sampled, belonging to 25 bivalve species in nine families. The most represented families were Mactridae and Veneridae with six species, immediately followed by the families Cardiidae (five species) and Donacidae (three species). The results revealed that most species presented isometric (11 species) or positive allometric relationships (11 species), while only a small minority of species displayed negative growth (three species).

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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
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