Sequence of gonadal events and oestradiol levels in Sparus aurata (L.) under two photoperiod regimes

G. Kadmon, Z. Yaron*, H. Gordin

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Individually tagged Sparus aurata were kept in tanks with running sea water (21°± 2°C) during their second and third years of life. Gonads were biopsied and blood was sampled at monthly intervals. Thirteen of 50 fish in the second year and 24 of 35 fish in the third year were phenotypically females. Fish kept under 16L/8D photoperiod from July 1981 to August 1982 did not reach maturation; waves of initial ovarian growth alternated with waves of atresia. When photoperiod was shortened as from August 1982, gonadal development commenced within a month and proceeded at a rate higher than that of the control fish reared under natural photoperiod. Under natural photoperiod oestradiol serum levels (E2) were relatively low during the resting phase, May‐October (108 ± 11 pg ml−1), and during the late vitellogenic phase (502 ± 76 pg ml−1). High levels (1669 ± 312 and 1240 ± 172pg ml−1) occurred during the early vitellogenic and the maturational phases. The high level of E2 during the spawning season of S. aurata is explained by earlier reports indicating a prolonged breeding season with daily release of eggs, and alternating daily surges of E2 and 17α, 20β, dihydroxy‐4‐pregnen‐3‐one, possibly a ‘maturational progestin’ in this fish. In phenotypic males, E2 was highest during early spermatogenic phases (745 ± 142pg ml−1) but was low (155 ± 11 pg ml−1) in males with running sperm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-620
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1985


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