Abstract

The various species of Crustacea display great differences in maximum size, and the means by which this is delimited have been investigated. Two distinct strategies of growth exist. Some species have indeterminate growth and continue moulting indefinitely. In these the percentage moult increment declines and the intermoult period increases with size, thereby limiting growth: the respective rates of decline and increase determine the final size. Others have determinate growth and eventually cease moulting, usually at the time of maturity: this termination of moulting stops growth, and in such species the percentage moult increment does not decline appreciably with size. The advantages and disadvantages of the two strategies of growth are discussed.

 
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Short Form
Hartnoll, 1984, Aust. Mus. Mem. 18(11): 121–131
Author
R. G. Hartnoll
Year
1984
Title
Strategies of crustacean growth
Serial Title
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume
18
Issue
11
Start Page
121
End Page
131
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1967.18.1984.378
Language
English
Date Published
31 March 1984
Cover Date
31 December 1983
ISSN
0067-1967
CODEN
AUNMA5
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CRUSTACEA
Digitized
09 September 2009
Reference Number
378
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