Androgenic gland implantation promotes growth and inhibits vitellogenesis in cherax quadricarinatus females held in individual compartments Academic Article uri icon


  • Summary Androgenic glands (AGs) were implanted into young female red claw crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus, with the aim of investigating the role played by the AG in the balance between growth and reproduction under conditions of minimal social interaction (individual compartments). The growth rate of the females with AG implants was significantly higher than that of the control non-implanted females (0.11 ± 0.03 g/day vs. 0.08 ± 0.02 g/day). This difference was attributed to the larger molt increments and slightly shorter molt intervals of the females with implants vs. the control females. At the end of the experiment (538 days), the mean weight of the implanted females was significantly higher than that of the control females (64.58 ± 18.24 g vs. 51.07 ± 12.71 g, respectively), a lead of 26.4% for the implanted females that started 91 days after implantation and became significant at 153 days after implantation. By that time, 55.5% of the implanted females had developed typical male secondary character...

publication date

  • January 1, 2004