The processes of gonad development through a year are analyzed for Strombus pugilis from Seybaplaya, Campeche. During gametogenesis second order oocytes appear close to the wall of the follicles, with a diameter 90–250 μm. The cytoplasm is granular, the nucleus is located on the periphery, with a diameter of 15–35 μm, a nucleolus 7–8 μm. Spermatozoids have an acrosome of 5–7 μm, shaped like a coma. In females gametogenesis was registered in two pulses, with 2 peaks of 60%, February to June and September to October. Mature females were found during the 8 months of sampling with peaks during May and August (80%). Spawning was discontinuous, suggesting storage of mature gametes for the right time to spawn. In males gametogenesis was present in a low percentage from March to October, with a maximum of 20%. Maturity was present on just a 10% during July, with constant spawn through the year. Copula has been observed only during egg laying seasons; males seem to keep mature sperms in the prostate gland. Strombus pugilis from the coasts of Campeche presented a fast gonad recovery for males, requiring longer for females. Having missed most of the autumn and early winter months leaves a big gap on the processes of gonad recovery and early gametogenesis. Apparently there is no correlation between salinity, temperature and the reproductive cycle, but this population has the potential for reproducing through the year.
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Vol. 24 • No. 4