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JIMENEZ-BADILLO, Lourdes. Age-growth models for tilapia Oreochromis aureus (Perciformes, Cichlidae) of the Infiernillo reservoir, Mexico and reproductive behaviour. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2006, vol.54, n.2, pp.577-588. ISSN 0034-7744.

In presence of a decrease in the catch from Infiernillo reservoir, Michoacán-Guerrero, México, age and growth of tilapia Oreochromis aureus (Steindachner 1864) were estimated, as indispensable attributes for fishery management. Evaluations included scales and opercular bones readings and length frequency analysis. The population structure was determined too. Due to the great variation of tilapia individual growth and with the objective to have reliable growth estimations, linearized, non-parametric and non-linear methods were used and their applicability discussed. Comparison of ages determined from these methods revealed that opercular bones readings had advantages over scales. Reproduction and competition for space and food were considered as responsible factors for ring-formation on tilapia hard structures. The non-linear method was considered the best for modelling populations highly variable, which is characteristic of tilapia and tropical fish with multiple spawns. The growth parameters estimated were L∞ = 479 mm, K = 0.46/yr, to = -0.055 yr. The tilapia population in Infiernillo reservoir is dominated by juveniles less than 1.5 years old. The fishery activity is affecting the tilapia population growth because are caught when they have not yet spawned. Therefore, this fishery is in urgent need of regulation. Increasing the mesh size of the gill nets might contribute to protect the reproductive potential of the stock. Rev. Biol. Trop. 54(2): 577-588. Epub 2006 Jun 01.

Keywords : age growth models; reproductive behaviour; Oreochromis aureus; scales; opercular bones.

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