Sex, reproductive cycle and variations in the fecundity of the family schilbeidae (Osteichthyes : Siluriformes) in Lake Kainji, Nigeria.
The sex, reproductive cycle and variations in the fecundity of the family Schilbeidae (Osteichthyes : Siluriformes) in Lake Kainji, were investigated. Sexual differences in size and morphology were found to exist in all species. Sex ratio varied with species and season. There were more females than males in the population. Size at maturity varied from species to species with the males attaining maturity at a slightly lower length than the females. Breeding condition was attained mainly during the rains in Eutropius niloticus, Schilbe mystus and Siluranodon auritus and in the dry and rainy seasons in Physailia pellucida. Spawning occurred once during the breeding season in E. niloticus and S. mystus; and more than once during the prolonged breeding season in P. pellucida. Condition factors did not show any correlation with maturation of gonads. Fecundity was found to vary from species to species.
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