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Cuttlebone morphometrics and sex identification of Sepia bertheloti (d’Orbigny, 1835) from the central-east Atlantic
- Airam Guerra-Marrero, David Jiménez-Alvarado, Vicente Hernández-García, Leticia Curbelo-Muñoz, José Juan Castro-Hernández
- Helgoland marine research 2019 v.73 no.1 pp. 10
- Sepia, females, gonads, males, morphometry, oocytes, Africa
- Analysis of 322 cuttlebones of Sepia bertheloti caught in the waters of the Northwest Africa showed significant differences in growth between males and females. Morphometric analysis revealed a relatively different cuttlebone growth pattern between sexes, with males presenting faster growth in length to reach larger sizes and females displaying greater growth in width. This difference in cuttlebone growth is related to female gonadal development and the subsequent increase of the paleal cavity, providing more support and space to accommodate a higher number of oocytes.