publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

Aspects of the biology of Mya arenaria and Ensis spp. (Mollusca; Bivalvia) in the Irish Sea and adjacent areas

Cross, Maud E.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: University College Cork
  • Country: Finland
Abstract
This study was undertaken to investigate the general biology, including the reproductive cycle and health status, of two clam taxa in Irish waters, with particular reference to the Irish Sea area. Monthly samples of the soft shell clam, Mya arenaria, were collected from Bannow Bay, Co. Wexford, Ireland, for sixteen months, and of the razor clam, Ensis spp. from the Skerries region (Irish Sea) between June 2010 and September 2011. In 2010, M. arenaria in Bannow Bay matured over the summer months, with both sexes either ripe or spawning by August. The gonads of both sexes of E. siliqua developed over autumn and winter 2010, with the first spawning individuals bein...
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free text keywords: Mya arenaria, Ensis siliqua, Irish Sea, Histology, Molecular ecology, Population genetics, Marine biology
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