Reproductive biology of female common sole Solea solea (Linnaeus, 1758) in the southern Aegean Sea

Hasan CERİM, Celal ATEŞ


This study is on reproduction study about common sole in Turkey. Reproduction studies are useful for fishery management. So, our aim was to gathering information about common sole reproduction strategy. Fishing operations were conducted between October 2013 – November 2015 in Güllük Bay and Boğaziçi lagoon which are on the south-west coast of Turkey. We used beach seine and trammel nets with different mesh sizes (52-56-64-80-90 mm) to obtain various length classes. Ovulation type, fecundity and gonadosomatic index of common sole were determined. We also performed gonadal sectioning to determine oocyte development stages. We observed asynchronous ovulation in egg production strategy. Fecundities differed between 13.924 and 341.479 in number. We found a linear correlation between total length and fecundity. Length at first maturity was determined as 15.4 cm. Study findings are useful for common sole fishery management. These findings may also be useful for further aquaculture applications on common sole.


Fecundity, Gonadosomatic index, Aegean Sea, Common sole, Reproduction biology

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