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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 164-172
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2008.164.172
 
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Effects of Salinity on Survival, Growth, Reproductive and Life Span Characteristics of Artemia Populations from Urmia Lake and Neighboring Lagoons

N. Agh, G. Van Stappen, P. Bossier, H. Sepehri, V. Lotfi, S.M. Razavi Rouhani and P. Sorgeloos

Abstract:

This study deals with effects of different salinities on the survival, growth, reproductive and lifespan characteristics of three Artemia populations from Urmia Lake and small lagoons at the vicinity of the lake under laboratory conditions. Experimental salinities ranged from 75 to 175 g L-1. Salinity was proved to have significant impact on the majority of the characters studied in this survey. Growth and survival in bisexual A. urmiana and parthenogenetic Artemia from Lake Urmia were significantly higher with respect to the parthenogenetic Artemia from lagoons at most of the salinities tested. Reproductive characteristics such as total number of broods, total offspring number of offspring in each brood and number of offspring at each day of reproductive period reduced with increasing salinity. Moreover higher salinity prolonged the pre-reproductive period but shortened the total reproductive period. Higher salinities also affected the percentage of encystment and post-reproductive period, showing significantly higher values in parthenogenetic populations in comparison to bisexual A. urmiana.

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N. Agh, G. Van Stappen, P. Bossier, H. Sepehri, V. Lotfi, S.M. Razavi Rouhani and P. Sorgeloos, 2008. Effects of Salinity on Survival, Growth, Reproductive and Life Span Characteristics of Artemia Populations from Urmia Lake and Neighboring Lagoons. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 11: 164-172.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2008.164.172

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2008.164.172

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