BIOTIC Species Information for Ensis spp.
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive type Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive Season Reproductive Location
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span11-20 years Age at reproductive maturity3-5 years
Generation time Fecundity>1 million
Egg/propagule size70 mm diameter Fertilization typeExternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage30 days   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationEnsis is a highly diverse genus in terms of life-history traits. Ensis macha is thought to produce 14.7 - 19.6 million eggs over it's lifetime. Ensis ensis reaches sexual maturity at 3-4 years, while Ensis siliqua takes only 1 year.
Reproduction References Hayward et al., 1996, Fish & Fish, 1996, Henderson & Richardson, 1994, Armonies & Reise, 1999, Avellanal et al., 2002, Gaspar & Monteiro, 1998, Fahy & Gaffney, 2001, Newell & Newell, 1977, Palmer, 2004,
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