BIOTIC Species Information for Lanice conchilega
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonApril to October Reproductive LocationWater column
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturity
Generation timeInsufficient information Fecundity160,000 eggs
Egg/propagule size150 µm diamter Fertilization typeExternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential>10km Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stage1-2 months   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationReproduction
Adult Lanice conchilega were seen to release gametes over several hours in June 1991 (Ansell, 1995). Kuhl (1972) remarked that the larvae of Lanice conchilega occur from April to October. The larvae spend up to 60 days in the plankton, so that larvae could potentially disperse over a great distance, depending on the hydrographical regime.
Reproduction References Kuhl, 1972, Ansell, 1995, Eckert, 2003, Heidi Tillin, unpub data, Julie Bremner, unpub data, McHugh, 1993,
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