Life history of the naked sand darter, Ammocrypta beani, in southeastern Mississippi

  • David C. Heins
  • J. Russell Rooks
Part of the Developments in environmental biology of fishes book series (DEBF, volume 4)


The reproduction of Ammocrypta beani in the Jourdan River drainage, Hancock County, Mississippi, was studied from 1970-1976. In 1971, reproduction occurred from late March into early October. Data from other years support these observations. Females from Hickory Creek produced more mature ova than females from Catahoula Creek. These differences may be due to seasonal, annual, habitat, or genetic differences. Counts of mature ova for both localities ranged from 27–120 for females 35–48 mm SL. Mature ova did not differ in size between the two localities. The mean mature ovum diameter was 0.92 mm. Maximum lifespan is about 2 years. Maturity occurs at about one year.


Age Breeding period Egg size Fecundity Fish Growth Maturity Ovarian weight Percids Sex ratio 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Heins
    • 1
  • J. Russell Rooks
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyMillsaps CollegeJacksonUSA

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