An analysis of the reproductive pattern in the sea star astropecten irregularis (pennant) from the bristol channel

A. Grant, P. A. Tyler

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The reproductive cycle in Astropecten irregularis is described, making use of a range of statistical techniques detailed previously. Analysis of gonad weights proved more satisfactory than the use of gonad indices, as the latter are not independent of animal size. When examining the course of oogenesis, standardised residuals in an (R × C) contingency table are much easier to interpret than size/frequency polygons. 

The species has an annual cycle with spawning in June or July, but the gonads are small even when the animals are gravid, and the annual cycle in gonad weights is more marked in males. Proliferation of oogonia may apparently occur at any time of year, and the ripe ovary contains many small, previtellogenic oocytes. There is an annual cycle of small magnitude in the size of the pyloric caecum, with a peak in December.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-361
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 1985


  • Asteroidea
  • Astropecten irregularis
  • Reproductive cycles
  • Statistical analysis

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