Ovulatory rhythms and over-ripening of eggs in cultivated turbot, Scophthalmus maximus L.

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The aim of this study was to investigate ageing of ovulated eggs retained in the ovarian lumen of captive turbot, Scophthalmus maximus L., prior to handstripping. The ovulation times of egg-batches were determined by catheterization, handstripping and plotting the percentage fertilizations and hatches of resulting eggs against time. The catheterization experiments showed that eggs age and change appearance rapidly after ovulation. The stripping method demonstrated that freshly-ovulated eggs showed greater than 90% fertilization and up to 97% hatch, but ovulated eggs retained in the ovary lumen for 1 day before stripping gave 0% hatch. The turbot showed precise ovulatory rhythms. The time between ovulations varied between individuals but was constant for any one female, making it possible to predict future ovulation times. Three of the females studied had ovulatory periods of alternating length.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-448
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Fish Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1984



  • egg quality
  • ovulation

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