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Oocyte distribution within and between ovary lobes is largely homogeneous in Lachnolaimus maximus (Perciformes: Labridae).

Reproduction has direct implications in the exploitation, management and cultivation of fishes (Wootton & Smith. 2015). Fish reproduction studies involving microscopic observation of gonads require preliminary analyses of oocyte distribution homogeneity in females at different ovary development stages. During maturation, fish ovaries undergo voluminous development. For practical reasons, histological observations of large ovaries are normally done using randomly sampled areas within a section of one of the ovary's two lobes. Quantitative analysis of the structure of any biological tissue using histological sections requires basic data on cell type distribution in the studied organ. If distribution of the different oocytes stages is homogeneous within the gonad during a fish species' reproductive season, samples can be collected from any region of either lobes, and will be representative of the female's degree of maturity (e.g. Ma, Kjesbu, & Jirgensen, 1998; Witthames et al., 2009; McElroy, Wuenschel, Press, Towle, & McBride, 2013). On the other hand, if distribution among the different regions of a lobe or between the two lobes is heterogeneous, a systematic protocol is required for collecting samples for histological analysis (Witthames & Greer Walker, 1995; Nichol & Acuna, 2001; Kennedy, Witthames, & Nash, 2007; Hainfellner, de Souza, Nascimento, Freitas, & Batlouni, 2011). Generally, a lack of a standardized ovary sample collection method, may create significant bias in data for fecundity estimations (Murua et al., 2003).

A number of fish reproduction studies have addressed oocyte distribution pattern in the ovary. Most of these studies have focused on a species' reproductive biology, defining spawning season, and characterizing sexual differentiation and gonad development. To identify the homogeneity degree in ovary oogenesis, analyses have been commonly done along three regions (anterior, middle and posterior) of each ovary lobe (right and left). Generally, three parameters have been used in most of these studies: average oocyte diameter, oocyte density per unit of weight; and oocyte density per unit of ovary tissue surface. Studies have addressed females in different maturation phases and all oocyte stages present in the ovary (Tricas & Hiramoto, 1989; Lee, Liu, Su, & Wu, 2005; Weng, Liu, Lee, & Tsai, 2005; Hainfellner et al., 2011; Liao & Chang, 2011, Wu, Su, Liu, Weng, & Wu, 2012), as well as only vitellogenic or mature oocytes (Witthames & Greer Walker, 1995; Ma et al., 1998; Nichol & Acuna, 2001; McElroy et al., 2013). Some do not include exact data on female maturation phases and/or the oocyte stages analyzed (Matic-Skoko, Kraljevic, & Dulcic, 2004; Kennedy et al., 2007; Renones, Grau, Mas, Riera, & Saborido-Rey, 2010; Sequeira, Neves, Paiva, Vieira, & Gordo, 2012; Yang, Chen, & Hu, 2013).

Gonadal development studies have focused in standard histological methods, and very few studies have used digital image analysis, to calculate average oocyte diameter and estimate oocyte density (Nichol & Acuna, 2001; McElroy et al., 2013); although this type of analysis lias been in use in the biological sciences for over a decade (Klibansky & Juanes, 2008). The application of digital image processing techniques may generate data on structure from images normally intended to improve image quality and in the search of data (Pertusa, 2003). They can also be used to count and measure cells or other small particles in an image, and to make precise measurements; besides, the use of these techniques has reduced the processing time, health risks and costs of standard histological methods.

Hogfish Lachnolaimus maximus (Walbaum, 1792) is a labrid fish species distributed from the mid-Atlantic seaboard of the United States (North Carolina) to the North coast of South America (Venezuela and Guyana), including the Bermudas, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea (Carpenter, 2002). It is important in commercial and recreational fisheries throughout its range, and presently, the IUCN (2016) has considered the species to be at high risk of extinction in the wild (Vulnerable A2bd). Growth and recruitment stage overfishing has been reported in a L. maximus population in South Florida (US) (McBride & Murphy, 2003; McBride & Richardson, 2007; McBride, Thurman, & Bullock, 2008). The L. maximus population in Southern Gulf of Mexico, on the continental shelf of the Yucatan Peninsula (known as Campeche Bank), is considered a high value alternative target fishing resource. To date, no studies have been done on the biology, exploitation level and conservation status of L. maximus population in Campeche Bank.

The reproductive biology of this species' lias been studied in populations of Puerto Rico (Colin, 1982), Cuba (Claro, Garcia-Cagide, & Fernandez de Alaiza, 1989), North Carolina (Parker, 2000), the Northeast Gulf of Mexico, and South Florida (Davis, 1976; McBride, Johnson, Bullock, & Stengard, 2001; Robinson & Prince, 2003; McBride & Johnson, 2007; McBride et al., 2008; Munoz, Burton, Brennan, & Parker, 2010; Collins & McBride, 2015). Of these studies, six have included histological analysis of gonads to identify species sexuality (protogynous hermaphrodite) and reproductive cycle, and to estimate fecundity. Only two (Davis, 1976; McBride & Johnson, 2007) have addressed spatial development of oocytes in the ovaries. Neither of these reported studies have evidence of heterogeneous oocyte development between lobes or within sections of the same lobe. But Davis (1976) only analyzed two females, while McBride and Johnson (2007) made a cursory examination of a small number of slides (3 locations) from a limited number of females (n= 14) to ensure that no clear difference in oocyte distribution patterns occurred between locations (McBride, personal communication, May 19, 2016).

The objective of the present study was to characterize oocyte distribution patterns in different developmental stages and different sections of the ovary of L. maximus, by the use digital images taken from histological sections of female gonads, in different development stages. The resulting oocyte distribution patterns will determine the sampling protocol for histological sampling from gonads of this species, thus providing more accuracy to analyses of main reproductive parameters (i.e. maturity, reproductive cycle and fecundity) of L. maximus in Campeche Bank.


Specimen collection: The data analyzed here were collected as part of a project studying L. maximus reproduction in Campeche Bank. Specimens were collected between May 2013 and January 2014 in three coastal marine zones, corresponding to areas reported to have substantial abundance of L. maximus along the coast of the state of Yucatan (MexicanoCintora, Leonce-Valencia, Salas, & Vega-Cendejas, 2007): Celestun (west zone: 20[grados]51'33" N - 90[grados]24'0" W); Dzilam de Bravo (central zone: 21[grados]23'33" N - 88[grados]53'29" W); and Rio Lagartos (East zone: 21[grados]35'51" N - 88[grados]9'28" W). Specimens were caught between six and 22 m depth by professional fishers using harpoons and compressor diving gears. Sex identification was done based on sexual dimorphism traits described by Davis (1976), Claro et al. (1989) and McBride and Johnson (2007). For each specimen we recorded fork length (FL; nearest 0.1 cm) with a graduated ictiometer and whole weight (WW; with an electric scale Sartorius model TE2101 with a 2 100 ([+ or -] 0.1) g capacity). A total of 850 specimens were collected, of which 646 were female (size range: 13.9-39.4 cm FL; 135-1 132 g WW) and 204 were male (26.3-47.4 cm FL; 344-1 885 g WW). Based on previous data on its reproductive cycle of populations in Florida and Cuba (Davis, 1976; Claro et al., 1989; McBride et al., 2008; Collins & McBride, 2015), the ninemonth collection period considered, included the probable maturation season of L. maximus in Campeche Bank.

Female selection and ovary histology:

From the total sample of females, a pre-selection was made of those exhibiting visible oocytes in the ovaries (N = 47; 20.2-35.3 cm FL; 171-939 g WW), taking care to identify mature adult individuals with secondary growth oocytes. Six samples were extracted from each preselected ovary for histological analysis: one from the anterior, middle and posterior sections of the left and right ovarian lobes. These were fixed in Bouin's solution for four to five days, embedded in paraplast, sectioned at a 6 [micro]m thickness (4 to five sections per sampled region), and stained with Gabe and Martoja's one-step trichrome stain (Gabe, 1968). Based on the histological analyses, the preselected females were classified by their gonad development phase into one of the following reproductive phases or sub-phases (Brown-Peterson, Wyansky, Saborido-Rey, Macewicz, & Lowerre-Barbieri, 2011): early developing (ED), developing (D), spawning capable (SC) and actively spawning (AS).

The histological sections of only 23 females (20.3-34.0 cm FL; 191-814 g WW) were of sufficient quality (i.e. sections with no broken or incomplete oocyte and adequate color contrast) to allow digital image processing.

Image analysis: Digital images were taken from three microscopic fields (each field = 3.8 [mm.sup.2]) of each ovary region section using a camera (Axiocam MRc) attached to a microscope (Axioscop; 25X). Each image was analyzed with the Image-Pro Plus 6.0 program (Media Cybernetics, Inc.).

Before beginning the oocyte count, all oocytes (that did not appear complete in the right and upper portions of each field) were excluded to prevent recounting of the same oocyte. Each image was processed with spectral analysis and a binary mask generated within which the selected oocytes were counted. Oocyte stages were identified based on the criteria developed by Wallace and Selman (1981), Brown-Peterson, Thomas and Arnold (1988) and Lowerre-Barbieri et al. (2009): primary growth (PG) oocyte; cortical alveolar (CA) oocyte; primary, secondary and tertiary vitellogenic (Vtgl, 2 and 3, respectively) oocytes; and oocyte maturation (OM). The oocyte maturation stage included: germinal vesicle migration, germinal vesicle breakdown, yolk coalescence, and hydration events.

Contingency tables (rows x columns) were applied to each group of females which had been classified into the four reproductive phases or sub-phases to analyze the frequency distributions of oocyte stage (columns) at two levels (rows): 1) anterior, middle and posterior regions of each ovary lobe, and 2) right and left lobes of the ovary. A Pearson's Chi-squared ([chi square]) was used to determine if oocyte frequencies were uniform between rows and columns. When distributions were not uniform, a replicated goodness-of-fit test (heterogeneity G-test) (Sokal & Rohlf, 1995) was applied to identify which rows differed in terms of oocyte frequency between columns. All statistical analyses ([alpha] = 0.05) were run with the InfoStat program (Di Rienzo et al., 2013).


Following the degree of ovary development, the 23 selected females analyzed were classified in four reproductive phases or subphases: eight were in the ED sub-phase; four in the D phase; five in the SC phase; and six in the AS sub-phase (Fig. 1). The latter did not exhibit newly collapsed post-ovulatory follicles (POFs) in the ovary. The different oocyte stages characteristic of each female reproductive phases and sub-phases were observed in all the examined ovary sections and lobes (Table 1). In addition, the oocyte density typical of each phase and sub-phase was generally very similar between ovary regions and lobes; the one exception being Vtg3 oocytes in the right ovary of SC phase females.

The oocyte frequency analysis showed that the oocyte distribution was uniform in all three regions of the left lobe ([chi square], 0.1423 < P < 0.3858), no matter the phase or sub-phase (Table 2). In the right lobe, oocyte frequencies were also uniform in females at the ED subphase ([chi square], P = 0.2683), the D phase ([chi square], P = 0.4006) and the AS sub-phase ([chi square], P = 0.6852). However, females in the SC phase exhibited significant differences in oocyte frequencies in this lobe ([chi square], P = 0.0146). This discrepancy in frequencies in the SC phase females was confirmed by the G test (P = 0.0086; Table 3). Significant differences were present between any combination of the three regions in the right lobe of these females, the highest being between the middle and posterior lobes. This difference was probably caused by variability in Vtg3 oocyte frequency between the three regions of the right lobe (Table 1). The SC phase females analyzed here were likely just entering that phase. Nonetheless, if this oocyte category is excluded from the statistical analysis, distribution of all the other oocyte categories (PG, CA, Vtgl and 2 oocytes) was homogeneous throughout the three regions of the right lobe ([chi square] = 7.83; d.f. = 6; P = 0.2510). Oocyte frequency distribution between lobes was essentially uniform, no matter the reproductive phase or sub-phase (y2. 0.1459 [menor que o igual a] P [menor que o igual a] 0.7094; Table 4).


Most of females analyzed in the present study exhibited a high degree of homogeneity in oocyte distribution within and between the ovary lobes. The only observed difference in distribution was between different regions of the right lobe in SC phase females. These females had low Vtg3 oocyte densities in both lobes, as well as notable variation in the frequencies of this oocyte stage among the regions of the right lobe. This variation was apparently one of the possible factors causing the heterogeneity observed in the SC phase females. During the spawning season of L. maximus from the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Collins and McBride (2015) observed a diel pattern of oocyte maturation in females: germinal vesicle migration of the vitellogenic oocytes occurs in the late morning-early afternoon preceding spawning day. As a consequence, few vitellogenic oocytes without any evidence of maturation were present in the ovaries at mid-day. Notwithstanding, SC phase females analyzed in the present study presented neither oocytes undergoing early nor late germinal vesicle migration. These females were not undergoing OM and probably were barely entering the SC phase and therefore displaying very few oocytes progressing towards the final vitellogenesis stage.

In this latter case, then females classified as being in the SC phase, may not necessarily be representative of this stage, and data from them must be used with caution. Larger sample sizes of SC phase females collected throughout this species' reproductive season would help to eliminate any uncertainty about Vtg3 oocyte distribution during this phase. However, even if Vtg3 oocyte distribution is heterogeneous in the right lobe during this phase, it did not affect the protocol for estimating fecundity. Female L. maximus have asynchronous oocyte development and engage in successive batch spawning (Claro et al., 1989; McBride & Johnson, 2007). This means that only females in the AS subphase, not exhibiting newly collapsed POFs in the ovary, should be selected to estimate batch fecundity (Murua et al., 2003). In the present data, AS sub-phase females exhibited a homogeneous distribution of all oocyte stages, including OM, which are those considered when estimating batch fecundity.

Two previous studies have been done on oocyte development homogeneity in L. maximus, both with a Florida population (Davis, 1976; McBride & Johnson, 2007). Over 40 years ago, Davis (1976) has addressed oocyte development in the anterior, middle and posterior regions of the same lobe and between right and left lobes. Using contingency tables based on the frequency distributions and supported with [chi square] data, this author analyzed if the distribution of oocytes in three diameter ranges differed between regions of the same lobe and/or between lobes. No differences were observed in oocyte counts in any of the three diameter classes between regions or lobes. However, this analysis was not particularly robust since the sample size was small (N = 2; 29.6 and 30.4 cm FL), and the oocyte diameter ranges were unrelated to reproductive phase, being essentially random. McBride and Johnson (2007) also studied histological sections from three sections of ovary lobes in L. maximus, and found no differences in oocyte distribution. However, these authors reached their conclusion by analyzing the oocytes stages present, tunica appearance, and presence or absence of atretic, rather than attempting to count cell numbers per stage, as was done in the present study (McBride, personal communication, May 19, 2016).

Oocyte distribution patterns in teleosts vary by species, and appear unrelated to taxonomic level or any other ecological or biogeographic characteristic. The pattern in L. maximus of largely homogeneous distribution of oocyte stages within and between ovary lobes coincides with reports for other females teleosts. It has been observed in species from both temperate waters [e.g. Clupea harengus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Ma et al., 1998), Spicara maena (Linnaeus, 1758) (Matic-Skoko et al., 2004), Gadus morhua and Merluccius merluccius (Linnaeus, 1758) (Witthames et al., 2009), Epinephelus marginatus (Lowe, 1834) (Renones et al., 2010), andPseudopleuronectes americanus (Walbaum, 1792) (McElroy et al., 2013)]; tropical and subtropical waters [e.g. Chaetodon multicinctus (Garrett, 1863) (Tricas & Hiramoto, 1989), Leiognathus equulus (Forsskal, 1775) (Lee et al., 2005), Spratelloides gracilis (Temminck, & Schlegel, 1846) (Weng et al., 2005), Tylosurus acus melanotus (Bleeker, 1850) (Liao & Chang, 2011), and Psenopsis anomala (Temminck, & Schlegel, 1844) (Wu et al., 2012)]; and temperate and tropical waters [e.g. Helicolenus dactylopterus (Delaroche, 1809) (Sequeira et al., 2012) and Trachinocephalus myops (Forster, 1801) (Yang et al., 2013)]. In contrast, other teleosts exhibit a heterogeneous oocyte distribution pattern in the ovary, as in the temperate marine flatfish species Solea solea (Linnaeus, 1758) (Witthames & Greer Walker, 1995), Limando aspera (Pallas, 1814) (Nichol & Acuna, 2001) and Pleuronectes platessa (Linnaeus, 1758) (Kennedy et al., 2007), and the freshwater species Prochilodus lineatus (Valenciennes, 1837) from Brazil (Hainfellner et al., 2011). In another example, significant differences in average oocyte size were observed along the anterior-posterior axis and between the center and periphery of ovary lobes in bigeye tuna Parathunnus sibi (= Thunnus obesus: Lowe, 1839) (Yuen, 1955) and bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Baglin, 1982).

Given the homogeneous oocyte distribution pattern within and between the ovary lobes in L. maximus females in the AS sub-phase, no systematization is required of the gonad histological sampling protocol to estimate species batch fecundity. Stereological methods in tandem with digital image processing can therefore be used to make accurate measurements of oocyte size, shape, count, area and volume in the ovaries of L. maximus, and generate unbiased fecundity estimates in this species. However, ovary sampling for characterizing the reproductive cycle in this species, based on analysis of the seasonal development of reproductive phase and sub-phase frequency, needs to be done with caution due to the potential for heterogeneity among Vtg3 oocytes in the right ovary lobe of females in the SC phase. If this is a possible risk in a given sample, the present results suggest it is best to systematically take sections of any region in the left ovary when conducting a study encompassing all of a species' reproductive aspects.

Received 02-11-2016. Corrected 12-VII-2016. Accepted 11-VIII-2016.


Collections were authorized by fishing licenses: PPF/DGOPA-037/14 and PPF/ DGOPA-080/15, from Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion/Comision Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca. The authors thank the professional fishers Leonardo Pech, Santos Efrain Sosa Pech, Jose Nicolas Flores Aceves, Luis Emilio Aceves Nadal and Cesar Alexander Tun Pacheco for their assistance with sample collection. We also thank the fishing cooperatives Nohoch Cuch S.C.L., S.C.P.P., and Pescadores de Rio Lagartos S.C.D.R.L, S.C.P.P. The Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT) financed a doctoral research stay in La Paz, Baja California Sur through the 2013 PNPC RM program. Technical assistance with gonad histological processing was provided by Teresa Colas-Marrufo, and the digital images were taken by Ximena Renan. We thank R. S. McBride, one anonymous reviewer and the editor for providing insightful comments that improved the quality of the manuscript.


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(1.) Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Departamento de Recursos del Mar, Unidad Merida, Ant. Carr. a Progreso Km. 6, A.P. 73 Cordemex, 97310 Merida, Yucatan, Mexico;,,

(2.) Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas del Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Departamento de Pesquerias y Biologia Marina, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional s/n, Col. Playa Palo de Santa Rita, 23096 La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico;,

Leyenda: Fig. 1. Histological sections of ovaries from Lachnolaimus maximus collected on Campeche Bank (Gabe and Martoja's onestep trichrome stain; scale bar = 200 microns). A) female in early developing reproductive sub-phase (30.6 cm FL), collected 16 Oct. 2013; B) female in developing reproductive phase (31.2 cm FL), collected 16 Oct. 2013; C) female in spawning capable reproductive sub-phase (27.8 cm FL), collected 15 Oct. 2013; and D) female in actively spawning reproductive sub-phase (20.6 cm FL), collected 22 May 2013. CA = cortical alveolar oocyte; PG = primary growth oocyte; OM = oocyte maturation (germinal vesicle breakdown and yolk coalescence); Vtg1 = primary vitellogenic oocyte; Vtg2 = secondary vitellogenic oocyte; Vtg3 = tertiary vitellogenic oocyte.

Oocyte density (number per unit area) frequencies observed in
anterior, middle and posterior regions of left and right ovary lobes
of Lachnolaimus maximus females in different reproductive phases and

Female reproductive     Ovary            Total oocyte counts
phase                   Lobe    Region   PG      CA    Vtg1

Early developinga       Left    A        1 833   321   --
(n = 8)                         M        1 918   302   --
                                P        1 815   336   --
                        Right   A        1 913   316   --
                                M        1 833   283   --
                                P        1 774   316   --
Developing              Left    A        695     142   81
(n = 4)                         M        728     146   81
                                P        816     154   63
                        Right   A        766     129   94
                                M        729     150   92
                                P        788     127   96
Spawning capable        Left    A        900     131   61
(n = 5)                         M        971     158   70
                                P        930     148   91
                        Right   A        894     124   84
                                M        942     138   81
                                P        970     131   92
Actively spawning (a)   Left    A        627     112   66
(n = 6)                         M        696     104   83
                                P        720     94    70
                        Right   A        638     93    69
                                M        653     104   64
                                P        654     107   65

Female reproductive     Total oocyte countsTotal area
phase                   Vtg2   Vtg3   OM   analyzed (b)

Early developinga       --     --     --   91.2
(n = 8)                 --     --     --
                        --     --     --
                        --     --     --
                        --     --     --
                        --     --     --
Developing              --     --     --   45.6
(n = 4)                 --     --     --
                        --     --     --
                        --     --     --
                        --     --     --
                        --     --     --
Spawning capable        27     9      --   57.0
(n = 5)                 23     5      --
                        17     4      --
                        32     12     --
                        16     5      --
                        33     1      --
Actively spawning (a)   48     30     49   68.4
(n = 6)                 46     27     65
                        36     26     59
                        40     35     56
                        45     40     49
                        41     25     66

n = number of females analyzed; (a) = reproductive sub--phases; (b) =
three 3.8 [mm.sup.2] microscopic fields x n; A = anterior, M = middle;
P = posterior; PG = primary growth oocyte; CA = cortical alveolar
oocyte; Vtgl = primary vitellogenic oocyte; Vtg2 = secondary
vitellogenic oocyte; Vtg3 = tertiary vitellogenic oocyte; OM = oocyte


Chi-square goodness-of-fit test results for oocyte density frequencies
in anterior, middle and posterior regions of left and right ovary
lobes of Lachnolaimus maximus females in four reproductive phases and

Female reproductive     n   Ovary   f       d.f.   P
phase                       lobe

Early developing (a)    8   Left    3.65    2      0.1610
                            Right   2.63    2      0.2683
Developing              4   Left    6.57    4      0.1602
                            Right   4.04    4      0.4006
Spawning capable        5   Left    12.2    8      0.1423
                            Right   19.04   8      0.0146*
Actively spawning (a)   6   Left    10.65   10     0.3858
                            Right   7.42    10     0.6852

Female reproductive     Total    Total area
phase                   oocyte   analyzed (b)
                        count    ([mm.sup.2])

Early developing (a)    6 525    273.6
                        6 435
Developing              2 906    136.8
                        2 971
Spawning capable        3 545    171.0
                        3 555
Actively spawning (a)   2 958    205.2
                        2 844

(a) = reproductive sub-phases; n = number of females analyzed; [chi
square] = chi-square goodness-of-fit statistic; d.f. = degrees of
freedom (r-1)(c-1), with r=anterior, middle and posterior regions of
each right and left lobes of ovaries, and c=oocyte stages (see
Tablel), for a chi-square calculated from contingency table data; p =
probability value; (b) = three 3.8 [mm.sup.2] microscopic fields x
three ovary regions x n. * = significant statistical difference (P <


Replicated goodness-of-fit test (heterogeneity G-test) results for
oocyte density frequencies in anterior, middle and posterior regions
of the right ovary lobe of five Lachnolaimus maximus females in
spawning capable (SC) reproductive phase. Total area analyzed = 57.0

            Total oocyte counts
Ovary       PG      CA    Vtg1   Vtg2   Vtg3   OM   Test

Anterior    894     124   84     32     12     --
Middle      942     138   81     16     5      --
Posterior   970     131   92     33     1      --
                                                    Total G
Pooled      2 806   393   257    81     18     --   Pooled G
                                                    Heterogeneity G

Ovary       G          d.f.   P

Anterior    1 915.88   4      0.0001*
Middle      2 157.78   4      0.0001*
Posterior   2 177.94   4      0.0001*
            6 251.60   12     < 0.05
Pooled      6 231.11   4      < 0.05
            20.49      8      0.0086

PG = primary growth oocyte; CA = cortical alveolar oocyte; Vtgl =
primary vitellogenic oocyte; Vtg2 = secondary vitellogenic oocyte;
Vtg3 = tertiary vitellogenic oocyte; OM = oocyte maturation; G = G
statistic; d.f. = degrees of freedom; p = probability value; * =
highly significant statistical difference (P < 0.05).


Chi-square goodness-of-fit test results for oocyte density frequencies
in left and right ovary lobes of Lachnolaimus maximus females in four
reproductive phases and sub-phases

Female              n   [chi      d.f.   P        Total    Total
reproductive            square]                   oocyte   area
phase                                             counts   analyzed

Early developing    8   0.60      1      0.4390   12 960   547.2
Developing          4   3.85      2      0.1459   5 877    273.6
Spawning capable    5   6.20      4      0.1844   7 100    342.0
Actively spawning   6   2.94      5      0.7094   5 802    410.4

(a) = reproductive sub-phases; n =number of females analyzed; [chi
square] = chi-square goodness-of-fit statistic; d.f. = degrees of
freedom (r-1)(c-1), with r=left or right lobes of the ovaries, and
c=oocytes stages (see Table 1), p = probability value; b = three 3.8
nun2 microscopic fields x three ovary regions xtwo lobes x n.
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Author:Quinones, Virginia Elena Noh; Torres-Villegas, J. Rene; Brule, Thierry; Montero-Munoz, Jorge L.; Mon
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Date:Mar 1, 2017
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