Population Biology of Tripneustes gratilla (Linnaeus) (Echinodermata) in Seagrass Beds of Southern Guimaras, Philippines

Joshua Militar Regalado, Wilfedo Lopez Campos, August Santillan


The sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla is a major grazer found in seagrass beds of southern Guimaras, Philippines. Monthly length-frequency data from January 2008 to June 2009 were used to estimate the growth, recruitment pattern and mortality rate with the use of FiSAT II. The estimated values for the Von Bertalanffy growth parameters L(n/k)(asymptotic length) and K (growth coefficient) were 114.2 mm and 1.08 respectively. Monthly densities ranged from 0.06 to 0.58 per m² with a mean value of 0.26 per m². Monthly biomass ranged from 4.1 to 49.5 grams per m² with a mean value of 21.15 grams per m². T. gratilla density and biomass were observed to be highest during the month of November 2008. The recruitment pattern showed a major broad peak and a minor peak separated by four months. Total mortality (Z) from the length-converted catch curve was computed to be 4.74 per year. 


sea urchin, growth, mortality, recruitment, <i>Tripneustes gratilla</i>, guimaras

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