Maite Carrasson

Maite Carrasson
Autonomous University of Barcelona | UAB · Department of Animal Biology, Vegetal Biology and Ecology

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Current knowledge about deep-sea parasites is limited and the data shedding light on population differentiation at host, geographical or bathymetric scales are scarce. Here, we applied an integrative taxonomic approach to the identification of metazoan parasites in a large sample of deep-sea fish species from the Western Mediterranean and assessed...
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Anthropogenic pollution is considered one of the main threats to the marine environment, and there is an imperious need to assess its potential impact on ecologically and economically relevant species. This study characterises plastic ingestion and tissue levels of potentially toxic metallic elements in Nephrops norvegicus and their simultaneous le...
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Plastic pollution has increased worldwide and specially in the oceans, where it turns out to be a concerning threat regarding marine wildlife. Previous research has reported plastic ingestion in the small spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) as a common occurrence, probably due to its benthic nature and feeding behaviour. S. canicula is one of...
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The European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) is a small pelagic fish with an outstanding commercial value supporting important fisheries and is a key component of pelagic ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea. Progressive reductions in the population size of this species has been observed in the Mediterranean Sea during recent decades, accompanied b...
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Many studies have been carried out along mighty rivers with heavily industrialized watersheds to evaluate pollutants and their effects on freshwater organisms. However, their impact on marine organisms is virtually unknown. In order to cover this gap, Solea solea, one of the most important commercial fish species, together with sediments, were samp...
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The present study provides a baseline assessment of the prevalence and densities of splenic melanomacrophage centres (MMCs) in 18 fish species from the NW Mediterranean Sea related to spatiotemporal and environmental factors and fish traits. Their correlation with other established health indicators, such as body condition indices (condition factor...
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Although the ingestion of plastics has been reported in a wide variety of organisms, there remains a lack of knowledge regarding the extent of spatial and temporal gradients and no consensus concerning the definition of monitor species for benthic marine environments. The present study aims at demonstrating the correlation between the presence of t...
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Aquaculture products are commonplace in markets around the world. However, despite efforts to minimize the negative perceptions towards aquaculture, several misbeliefs or myths still persist, and thus globally consumers tend to value wild fish more highly than farmed fish . The lack of information has been shown to be one of the most important caus...
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Deep-sea habitats are home for a variety of yet poorly known fish species, some of which display specialized life strategies, as is the case of Bythitidae and Zoarcidae. With the purpose of elucidating biological and ecological aspects of representatives of these families in NW Mediterranean waters, a large dataset based on 599 specimens of Cataety...
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Microfibres are among the most prevalent type of microplastics in marine environments. Man-made fibres derived from cellulose are distributed worldwide, but are often confused with synthetic plastic fibres and consequently neglected. All these fibres may adversely affect aquatic organisms, but their levels and potential effects in wild fish remain...
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Marine litter is one of the most concerning threats for marine wildlife especially regarding plastics and their micro-sized forms, widely known as microplastics. The present study evaluates mesoscale spatial (230 km, Catalan coast) and temporal (2007 vs 2017–2018, Barcelona area) differences on the ingestion of anthropogenic fibers in the deep-sea...
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Intensive aquaculture and poor management practices can cause stress and compromise welfare of farmed fish. This study aimed to assess the potential links between stocking densities and feeding methods with social and individual stress responses on juvenile seabream (Sparus aurata) through risk-taking and hypoxia tests. Seabream was first experimen...
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In the last decades fishing activities have spread from coastal to deeper waters with serious effects on the deep-sea ecosystems and its fauna, which are considered to be highly susceptible to these impacts. The implementation of protection measures is necessary, but the knowledge on this biome is scant, and often limited to species of commercial v...
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We explored the relationships between features of host species and their environment, and the diversity, composition and structure of parasite faunas and communities using a large taxonomically consistent dataset of host-parasite associations and host-prey associations, and original environmental and host trait data (diet, trophic level, population...
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Aquaculture provides more than half of the global seafood production and offers a wide diversity of high-quality products. However, its social acceptability is still not well established. The goal of this study was to determine the perceptions of aquaculture by different stakeholders along the seafood value chain in the Barcelona metropolitan area....
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The species diversity of Lepidapedon Stafford, 1904 (Lepidapediae) in the Western Mediterranean was assessed based on samples from five deep-sea gadiform fishes collected between the Balearic Islands and the Catalonian coast of Spain: Lepidion lepidion (Risso) and Mora moro (Risso) (both Moridae); Coelorinchus mediterraneus Iwamoto & Ungaro and Tra...
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Hamaticolax juanji n. sp. is described from specimens collected from the blackbelly rosefish Helicolenus dactylopterus Delaroche 1809 (Scorpaeniformes: Sebastidae). It is the second Hamaticolax species described and reported from the Mediterranean Sea, after Ha. resupinus Pérez-i-García, Carrassón and Boxshall, 2017. It is distinguished from Ha. re...
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Parasite communities of two introduced fish species (Lepomis gibbosus and Micropterus salmoides) of Lake Banyoles were analysed in order to describe them and explore seasonal and host-related patterns. The parasite fauna of both species was poor in terms of richness and diversity in comparison with that reported in their native range. When both fis...
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La contaminación por microplásticos representa una amenaza potencial para los organismos marinos. Aunque su efecto es aún una incógnita, ya son diversos los estudios que han confirmado la ingestión de estas pequeñas partículas por parte de diversos organismos. En el presente estudio se ha evaluado la presencia de microplásticos en estómagos de gamb...
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Microplastic pollution is currently one of the most concerning threats for wildlife. Ingestion of microplastics has been confirmed in a wide variety of marine species. However, their potential effect remains unclear and only a few studies have addressed this issue in natural environments. The present study aims to assess the presence and potential...
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Melano-macrophage centres (MMC) have been proposed as potential indicators of stressful conditions in aquatic environments, specifically as potential monitors of fish health. The increased incidence of these centres has been related not only to anthropogenic impacts, but also to other natural processes or stressors such as ageing, food scarcity or...
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The parasite communities of Scyliorhinus canicula and Galeus melastomus are studied for the first time in the Mediterranean. Their seasonal and geographical variations, and their relationship with environmental and fish biological data were tested. The parasite communities of both sharks were characterized by low richness and diversity, and high do...
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The parasite communities of sharks have been largely neglected despite the ecological importance and vulnerability of this group of fishes. The main goal of the present study is to describe the parasite communities of three deep-dwelling shark species in the NW Mediterranean. A total of 120 specimens of Galeus melastomus, 11 Etmopterus spinax and 1...
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A new microcotylid, Tinrovia mamaevi n. sp. (Monogenea: Polyopisthocotylea), is described from the gills of Notacanthus bonaparte Risso (Notacanthiformes: Notacanthidae), sampled in the Western Mediterranean and North East Atlantic. This species is allocated to the subfamily Syncoelicotylinae Mamaev & Zubchenko, 1978 due to the possession of a symm...
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This study examines the parasite communities of Coelorinchus caelorhincus, Coelorinchus mediterraneus, Coryphaenoides guentheri and Coryphaenoides mediterraneus of the middle and lower slopes of the Mediterranean Sea. Histopathological, enzymatic activity (acetylcholinesterase and lactate dehydrogenase), dietary and environmental (oxygen, salinity,...
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Hamaticolax resupinus n. sp. is described from specimens collected from the gill cavities of Coelorinchus mediterraneus Iwamoto & Ungaro and Coryphaenoides mediterraneus (Giglioli) (Gadiformes: Macrouridae) caught in the Western Mediterranean Sea at depths between 1,236 and 1,626 m. Hamaticolax resupinus n. sp. closely resembles H. maleus Oldewage,...
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The greater forkbeard Phycis blennoides is a benthopelagic fish distributed in the Mediterranean and NE Atlantic. The main goal of this study is to describe the complete parasite community of this species, which is at present unknown. A total of 188 specimens of P. blennoides were captured in the Balearic Sea (NW Mediterranean Sea) at 550–1,250 m d...
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The family Sphyriocephalidae Pintner, 1913, which comprises the genera Hepatoxylon Bosc, 1811, Sphyriocephalus Pintner, 1913 and Heterosphyriocephalus Palm, 2004, is revised from newly-collected and museum material. Heterosphyriocephalus encarnae n. sp. is described from the pelagic thresher, Alopias pelagicus Nakamura (Lamniformes: Alopiidae) coll...
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The population structure, reproductive biology and feeding ecology of the two notacanthids inhabiting the deep Mediterranean, Notacanthus bonapartei and Polyacanthonotus rissoanus, were analyzed in the Balearic Basin at depths from 579 to 2233 m (mainly pristine depths or subjected to low fishing impact), including seasonal variations. Preferred av...
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Although the deep sea is considered a relatively stable environment, it is affected by climatic and environmental variations with implications for functioning of its ecosystems and food webs. We used stable isotopes to compare trophic levels of 21 species of deep-sea megafauna (fish, decapods and other invertebrates) between 2 periods separated by...
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Parasite communities of three abundant benthopelagic macrourid species (Hymenocephalus italicus, Nezumia aequalis and Trachyrincus scabrus) of the upper slope from the western Mediterranean were analysed seasonally. Histopathological, dietary and environmental information (temperature, salinity, O2 and turbidity) were also obtained. The three fish...
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New morphological, molecular and ecological data for Ditrachybothridium macrocephalum Rees, 1959 (Cestoda: Diphyllidea) are presented and discussed based on specimens recovered from the blackmouth catshark Galeus melastomus Rafinesque (Scyliorhinidae) in the Western Mediterranean. A redescription of the plerocercus of this parasite is provided and...
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Despite their importance and vulnerability, deep-dwelling elasmobranchs are still poorly understood. In this context, this study aims to perform a parasitological survey of the blackmouth catshark Galeus melastomus Rafinesque, 1810 in deep waters of the north-western Mediterranean Sea describing variability on the parasite community between host ma...
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A new nematode species, Raphidascaris (Raphidascaris) macrouri n. sp. (Anisakidae), is described from male and female specimens found in the intestine, and occasionally in stomach and pyloric caeca, of two deep-water macrourid fishes (Gadiformes) off Barcelona, Mediterranean Sea: Nezumia aequalis (Günther) (type-host) and Trachyrincus scabrus (Rafi...
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A new cucullanid, Dichelyne (Cucullanellus) romani n. sp. (Nematoda: Cucullanidae), is described from the digestive tract of two notacanthid fishes, Notacanthus chemnitzii Bloch and N. bonaparte Risso (Notacanthiformes: Notacanthidae), from the Northeast Atlantic and Western Mediterranean. The presence of a precloacal sucker and ten pairs of caudal...
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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) were quantified in muscle tissue of European hake, an ecologically and commercially important species. Samples were collected from the Western Mediterranean, in seven different stations at different depths and a batch was bought in a loca...
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This study examines the parasite communities of Alepocephalus rostratus and its influence on some fish biochemical markers and histological alterations. Alepocephalus rostratus constitutes the second most important fish species, in terms of biomass, inhabiting the deep slope of the Catalan Sea (Balearic Sea, NW Mediterranean). The study revealed ei...
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The tongue-biter cymothoid isopod Ceratothoa cf. imbricata is nearly ubiquitous in buccal cavities of the banded scat Selenotoca multifasciata (Scatophagidae) from Waterloo Bay, south-east Queensland. To test whether infestation affects fish growth or condition significantly, we explored parasitism and condition in 122 S. multifasciata specimens. T...
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Bathycreadium brayi n. sp. is described based on specimens collected from the deep-sea greater forkbeard Phycis blennoides (Brünnich) (Gadiformes: Phycidae) in the Western Mediterranean. The new species is distinguished from B. flexicolle Kabata, 1961, B. elongata (Maillard, 1970) and B. nanaflexicolle Dronen, Rubec & Underwood, 1977 by the much sm...
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Predation and food consumption of five deep-sea fish species living below 1000 m depth in the western Mediterranean Sea were analysed to identify the feeding patterns and food requirements of a deep-sea fish assemblage. A feeding rhythm was observed for Risso's smooth-head Alepocephalus rostratus, Mediterranean grenadier Coryphaenoides mediterraeus...
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A new capillariid nematode, Capillostrongyloides morae sp. n., is described from specimens collected from the stomach and intestine of the common mora, Mora moro (Risso), and the Mediterranean codling, Lepidion lepidion (Risso) (both Gadiformes, Moridae), off the Mediterranean coasts of Spain. The new species shows similar morphological features as...
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In a study of the parasites of the deep-sea fish Mora moro (Risso) (Gadiformes: Moridae) off the Mediterranean coasts of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands (Spain), we were able to distinguish two morphs of specimens belonging to Lepidapedon Stafford, 1904 (Digenea: Lepidapedidae). This material is herein described and illustrated. Comparative sequ...
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Two frequently reported but poorly known hemiurid digeneans, Lecithochirium musculus (Looss, 1907) (Lecithochiriinae), from the stomach of Trachinus draco and Citharus linguatula, and Ectenurus lepidus Looss, 1907 (Dinurinae), from the stomach of Spicara maena, are redescribed based on material from off the Barcelona coast of the western Mediterran...
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We examined parasite populations and communities in the Mediterranean sentinel fish species, Mullus barbatus, sampled at a small-scale PCB gradient at the shelf sediments off Catalonian coasts of the Western Mediterranean. A recurrent feature at both the population and community level was the differentiation of the samples along the increasing PCB...
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The usefulness of fish parasite communities as bioindicators of environmental stress was tested on two benthic fish species, the red mullet (Mullus barbatus) and the spotted flounder (Citharus linguatula), during the spring of 2006 at two sites of the Catalan coast (northwestern Mediterranean): an anthropogenic-impacted area located close to the ci...
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A novel process of transmural passive displacement of a digenean parasite was studied in the digestive tract of the roughsnout grenadier Trachyrincus scabrus, which is found in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. This mechanism seems to facilitate the elimination of a significant portion of intestinal parasites. The digenean parasite Bathycreadium...
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The status of the trematode Aponurus laguncula Looss, 1907 in the western Mediterranean is re-assessed by means of a comparative morphological study and rDNA sequences based on newly collected material. A. laguncula (sensu stricto) is redescribed from Trachinus draco L. and a new cryptic species of the ‘A. laguncula complex’, Aponurus mulli n. sp.,...
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A suite of hepatic biomarkers currently used in pollution monitoring were measured in eighteen common fish species, comprising five orders, eleven families of teleosts and two elasmobranchs. The sampling was carried out seasonally in front of the Barcelona coast (NW Mediterranean) during 2007. The hepatic enzymes considered were the activities of c...
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Muscular cholinesterase activities, as potential markers of neurotoxic exposure, and lipid peroxidation levels, indicative of oxidative stress damage, both currently used in early-warning pollution monitoring, were characterised in eighteen fish species of ecologic and/or economic importance. These species comprise five orders and eleven families o...
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The fixed wavelength fluoresce (FF) method was used to estimate the levels of fluorescent aromatic compounds (FACs) in the bile of fourteen fish species of commercial and/or ecological interest. Sampling was carried out in the NW Mediterranean at depths ranging from 50 to 1000 m during four seasonal cruises. During the summer sampling period, some...
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A histological study was conducted in Mullus barbatus captured from two different zones of the Catalan coast (western Mediterranean): 1. a polluted site (near Barcelona) and 2. a less contaminated zone (Creus Cape). No histopathological alterations were found in any of the organs studied. An image analysis study was carried out on splenic sections...
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This study examines the feeding habits of Cataetyx alleni , the fifth most abundant species below 1000 m depth on the deep slope of the Catalan sea (western Mediterranean), between 1000 and 1800 m depth. Cataetyx alleni is a euryphagic predator, feeding on small epibenthic and endobenthic crustaceans and polychaetes. Predominate prey are small isop...
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Dentex dentex has a short esophagus, a large caecal type stomach, three to six pyloric caeca and a short intestine. Light and electron microscope studies reveal that the esophageal mucosa displays primary and secondary folds, a stratified squamous epithelium with fingerprint-like microridges alternating with a few zones formed by a single layer of...
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Comments on the diet of Alepocephalus rostratus, Bathypterois mediterraneus, Lepidion lepidion and Cataetyx alleni. -from Authors
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We studied in a deep-sea megafaunal community the relationship of different trophic variables to the depth ranges inhabited by and depth zonation of species, after the ordination of fish and decapod crustaceans in feeding guilds. The variables studied included trophic level of species, food sources exploited, mean weight of predators and prey, feed...
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The reproductive biology of the Mediterranean blenny fish Aidablennius sphinx was studied on the basis of microscopic and macroscopic analysis. A. sphynx is a resident species of the shallow waters of this region, lays demersal eggs and provides parental care to the developing embryos. Mature male gonads occur between March and July, whereas mature...
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The reproductive biology of the Mediterranean blenny fish Aidablennius sphynx was studied on the basis of microscopic and macroscopic analysis. A. sphynx is a resident species of the shallow waters of this region, lays demersal eggs and provides parental care to the developing embryos. Mature male gonads occur between March and July, whereas mature...
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This study examines the feeding habits of Cataetyx alleni, the fifth most abundant species below 1000 m depth on the deep slope of the Catalan sea (western Mediterranean), between 1000 and 1800 m depth. Cataetyx alleni is a euryphagic predator, feeding on small epibenthic and endobenthic crustaceans and polychaetes. Predominate prey are small isopo...
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Food resource partitioning and some trends in the feeding ecology of 13 species of fishes inhabiting the slope of the Catalan Sea (western Mediterranean) were examined. Specimens were collected from 1987 to 1991, using bottom trawls at depths between 1000 and 2250 m. Prey selection was also examined in relation to data collected in the same area on...
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The feeding habits of Polyacanthonotus rissoanus, the sixth most abundant species below 1000 m on the deep slope of the Catalan Sea (western Mediterranean), were studied in the Mediterranean Sea. Samples were obtained at depths between 1000 and 2250 m. Diet was analysed for two seasons (summer and autumn) and three different bathymetric strata. The...
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The feeding habits of the 4 most abundant macrourids that occur on the deep slope of the Catalan Sea (western Mediterranean) were examined for the first time for the Mediterranean at depths between 1000 and 2250 m. Diets of Chalinura mediterranea, Coryphaenoides guentheri, Coelorhynchus labiatus and Trachyrhynchus trachyrhynchus were analysed for 2...
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The feeding habits of the Mediterranean spiderfish, Bathypterois mediterraneus, the most abundant fish below 1000 m on the deep slope of the Catalan Sea (western Mediterranean), were studied. Samples were obtained at depths between 1000 and 2250 m. Diet was analyzed for two different size classes (immature and mature specimens) and three different...
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The reproductive biology of the Mediterranean snake eel, Ophichthus rufus (Ophichthidae), was studied on the basis of microscopic and macroscopic analysis. Results show that O. rufus is an ovuliparous species with a group synchronous ovary type. The maturation process of the gonads starts in December and progress untill August, when ovulation and s...