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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2012  |  Volume: 15  |  Issue: 13  |  Page No.: 629 - 634

Analysis of Condition Index in Polymesoda expansa (Mousson 1849)

Azimah Abdul Rahim, Mohd Hanafi Idris, Abu Hena Mustafa Kamal, S.K. Wong and A. Arshad    

Abstract: The Condition Index (CI) is a method to measure overall health of fish and that has been applied to estimate the effect that different environmental factors have on clam meat quality. The CI of local mangrove clam Polymesoda expansa in Kelulit, Miri Sarawak was determined from October 2010 to November 2011. Condition index that is generally used to characterize the physiological activity of organisms, varied from 1.8% in December 2010 to 3.4% in October 2011, with low values observed during the spawning period. The clam attained their best condition in quality of flesh weight during July-October. In present study, the CI showed a clear relationship with the reproductive cycle of P. expansa. However, no significant correlation (p>0.05) was found between CI and the different physicochemical parameter of seawater. The data presented is necessary for developing sustainable management strategies and broodstock selection for the species which is crucial in aquaculture development.

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