Interest in the production of crustacean aquaculture has focussed primarily on mud crab species; however, mud crab production still relies on wild-caught juveniles due to the low production of viable seeds of mud crab. Thus, the aim of this study was to enhance mass propagation of purple mud crab seed by studying the relation of temperature on growth performance of the early life stage of purple mud crab. Several data such as survival, incubation duration and morphometric measurements were evaluated after temperature was exposed on the egg, larval and crablet stages. For the egg stage, high hatching success (78.95% and 75.00%) was noted within a limited temperature range (28°C and 30°C respectively). Also, significant increment of final egg diameter (0.33 ± 0.05 mm) after the berried crab incubated at 30℃. For larval stage, the highest survival rate was found when the larvae were reared at 30℃ and 31°C with 68.79 ± 2.69 and 66.98 ± 2.63% respectively. The largest morphometric measurements for megalopa (CW: 2.80 ± 0.15 mm) and C1 (CW: 2.86 ± 0.12 mm) were observed at 31℃. The yielded total juvenile at the end of the larval experiment indicated the highest production was obtained for temperature 31°C (1,095 ± 47.3 individuals) followed by 30°C (1,002 ± 84.7 individuals). For the crablet stage, the crablets were able to survive in a wide range of temperatures (26°C–32°C) with >95% survival; however, the temperature 26℃–29°C indicated larger morphometric measurements (CW: 6.24–6.39 mm). In brief, the optimal temperature for egg, larval and crablet stages was recommended within 28℃–30℃, 30℃–31℃ and 26℃–29℃ respectively.
- purple mud crab