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Large mothers, but not large fathers, influence offspring number in a caridean shrimp

Sganga, D.E., Tropea, C., Valdora, M., Statti, M.F., López Greco, L.S.
Canadian journal of zoology 2018 v.96 no.10 pp. 1106-1113
adults, fathers, females, glycogen, juveniles, laboratory experimentation, lipid content, lipids, males, mothers, progeny, reproductive performance, sexual maturity, shrimp
The relationship between parental mass and female reproductive output, as well as offspring quality, was studied in the red cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi (Bouvier, 1904)) under controlled laboratory conditions. Adult males and females of the same age were paired combining different shrimp masses. The number of hatched juveniles from large females was higher than that from small ones, but no influence of paternal mass was detected on this variable. Both the mass of newly hatched juveniles and their growth increment during a 60-day period were similar for all parental masses. Shrimps reached sexual maturity at the end of the growth period in all treatments, and their biochemical reserves (glycogen, lipid, and protein concentrations) were not associated with maternal and paternal masses. However, lipid concentration was higher in female offspring than in male offspring. The present results show that, unlike maternal mass, paternal mass had no effect on female reproductive output and offspring quality, suggesting that the contribution of males to offspring development was adequate regardless of male size.