shrimps, particularly those of the family Penaeidae, are part of the abundant
benthic life in the Gulf of Mexico and form the basis of important fisheries.
In my lab, studies have been conducted on various aspects of the biology
of these species. Trawling from research vessels must be conducted
in order to obtain specimens for study:
Large "otter boards" of a shrimp trawl Net being emptied from the shrimp trawl
emerging from the water
LUMCON, Louisiana's marine laboratory
The catch from these trawls is a mixture of penaeid shrimps, fishes, stomatopods, crabs, and other invertebrates:
Studies have been conducted in my lab on the seasonality of breeding in the Gulf penaeids Rimapenaeus (formerly Trachypenaeus) similis and R. constrictus (Bauer and Lin, 1994). Studies have been carried out on topics such as insemination and mating strategies of various Gulf shrimps: Sicyonia dorsalis (rock shrimp); the commercially important penaeoids Litopenaeus (formerly Penaeus) setiferus (white shrimp), Farfantepenaeus (formerly Penaeus) aztectus (brown shrimp), and F. duorarum (pink shrimp).
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