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Allometric growth and condition factor of West African shrimp, Macrobrachium vollenhovenii (Herklots, 1857), in the rivers of Côte d’Ivoire

Koffi Mexmin Konan A D , Allassane Ouattara A , Kouassi Sébastino Da Costa B , Abouo Béatrice Adépo-Gourène C and Germain Gourène A

A Laboratoire d’Environnement et de Biologie Aquatique, Université Nangui Abrogoua, 02 BP 801 Abidjan 02, Côte d’Ivoire.
B Centre National de Recherche Agronomique, Direction Régionale de Bouaké, Station de Recherche Piscicole, 01 BP 633 Bouaké 01, Côte d’Ivoire.
C Laboratoire de Biologie et de Cytologie Animale, Université Nangui Abrogoua, 02 BP 801 Abidjan 02, Côte d’Ivoire.
D Corresponding author. Email: konanmexmin@hotmail.fr, kmemin@yahoo.fr, konanmex_sge@una.edu.ci

Marine and Freshwater Research - http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF13147
Submitted: 11 June 2013  Accepted: 16 December 2013   Published online: 4 July 2014

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The length–length and length–weight relationships and condition factor for Macrobrachium vollenhovenii are described using samples collected from the rivers of Côte d’Ivoire. The maximum carapace lengths (CLs) registered for males and females were 63.00 and 53.60 mm, respectively. All relationships between body length and CL and weight and CL were found to be highly significant, with r2 > 0.76 (P < 0.001). In the length–length relation, the allometry coefficient (b) ranged from 0.75 to 1.46 and varied according to the considered length and groups. The value of b of the length–weight relationship varied from 2.55 to 3.30. Although the three allometry types were observed, overall, M. vollenhovenii exhibited negative allometry. The condition factor (K) did not significantly vary among males and females. The K value decreased from the eastern to western Côte d’Ivoire. The present study presents, for the first time, results on the allometric growth and condition factors of M. vollenhovenii from the rivers of Côte d’Ivoire. Further, a biological database is established for use by fishery managers and in further research on the ecology, reproductive biology and aquaculture potentialities of this species.

Additional keywords: length–weight relationship, length–length relationship, condition index.


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