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Diel variation in abundance and size of the seabob shrimp Xiphopenaeus kroyeri in the Ubatuba region, Southeastern Brazil
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
  • Faculdade Estadual de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de União da Vitória
The objective of the present study was to analyze diel variation in the abundance and size of the seabob shrimp Xiphopenaeus kroyeri in the Ubatuba region, state of São Paulo, during the year 2000. In each season of the year, collections were made in the day and at night on 9 transects at depths ranging from 2 to 40 m. The estimated shrimp amount was of 28,878 individuals. Although the catch rate was higher during the day (15,853 shrimp), this did not differ significantly from the catch at night (13,025). The catch rate was higher in daytime on most transects, but was higher at night at locations where fine and very fine sand predominated. The majority of juveniles were caught during the day. The mean size (CL) was 14.43 ± 4.02 mm for day and 14.82 ± 4.28 mm for night samples, and the difference was significant (Student’s t-test, df = 2, 429, t = 2.27, p = 0.02). The largest individuals were caught during the night. None of the three models that have been proposed in the literature to account for differences in the diurnal catch pattern of penaeid species can be applied to X. kroyeri. Our results provide evidence that sediment type not only influenced the catch rate in the analyzed periods, but also determined which models might fit the behavior of this species.
Issue Date: 
Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, v. 82, n. 2, p. 369-378, 2010.
Time Duration: 
  • Abundance
  • Distribution
  • Penaeidae
  • Xiphopenaeus kroyeri
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