Growth, Maturation, Induced Spawning, and Production of the First Generation of South American Catfish, Pseudoplatystoma sp., in North America

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Konrad Dabrowski; Murat Arslan; Jacques Rinchard

Type of Document:
Scholarly Article


Journal of the World Aquaculture Society

Date of Publication:
April 2008

Place of Publication:
Not Available


Abstract: Growth, plasma steroids, and the appearance of gonads (histology and gonadosomatic index) were followed in South American catfish (surubim, Pseudoplatystoma sp.) raised in captivity in the aquaculture facility at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, from 2003 until 2006. Broodstock growth showed a great individual variation and it did not seem sex dependent. The levels of 11-ketotestosterone were high in males during the reproductive season. Three out of six females spawned after receiving two doses of carp pituitary extract (0.5 and 5mg/kg) at 11-h intervals. Fertilization was performed in only one female in February 2006. Egg size was 0.73

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