Volumen 44 - Número 3 - 2009

Proteínas atractantes en orina de hembras Panulirus argus (Latreille, 1804)

Oviana Oquendo1, Yanis Cruz1 y Osmel García1


1Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras, 5ta Avenida y calle 246, Santa Fe, Playa, Ciudad Habana, Cuba C.P. 19100


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Pheromones have been described in decapods, but not in Panulirus argus. To determine these attractants on urine of females P. argus 100 females were sampled from fishing areas of Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. Urine was extracted from bladders and subjected to a procedure to extract proteins. The proteins were run in two electrophoresis of polyacrylamide gel. In the first three, noticeable bands were observed. The second electrophoresis corroborated that these bands are subunits of one protein. Sponges soaked with protein material were exposed to individuals, resulting in attractiveness for males. It suggests that these proteins act as sex pheromones.


Palabras clave: Spiny lobsters, electrophoresis, attraction, sex pheromones




1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México