Population Dynamics, Reproductive Biology and Productivity of Streblospio shrubsolii (Polychaeta: Spionidae) in Different Sediments at Low Salinities in a Mediterranean Lagoon (Monolimni Lagoon, Northern Aegean)



Monthly samples of Streblospio shrubsolii were collected from February 1998 to February 1999 at both parts of Monolimni Lagoon (0.3 psu < Sal. < 6 psu). Streblospio shrubsolii displayed a life cycle of about one year. Reproductive activity occurred from February to October. The worms showed a mean of 14 or 16 gametogenic segments. Reproductive activity, growth and density increased during spring despite the low salinities (∼0.3 psu). Streblospio shrubsolii showed faster growth, larger body size during autumn–winter, more reproductive peaks, a relatively higher mean annual density, mean anual biomass (B) and annual production (P) at the innermost part of the lagoon, in organically richer very fine sand, than those at the outer part in fine sand. Mean annual density was 1,320 individuals m–2 at the outer part and 1,745 individuals m–2 at the innermost. Production calculated by Hynes's method gave a B of 0.20 g DW m–2 y–1 and P of 0.45 g DW m–2 y–1 at the outer part; the respective values at the innermost part were 0.29 g DW m–2 y–1 and 0.61 g DW m–2 y–1. (© 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)