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Table 2 Parameters of growth curves for L. fortunei (VBGF method)

From: Abundance, recruitment, and shell growth of the exotic mussel Limnoperna fortunei in the Río de la Plata (Argentina)

Site Cohort t o L inf(mm) k R 2 First-year growth Suggested longevity (years)
Bagliardi Beach (Río de la Plata Estuary, Argentina) 1 0.030 (January 2002)   0.969 0.98   
2 0.205 (March 2001) 30 0.738 0.98 18 to 20 <3
3 0.626 (August 2001)   0.794 0.97   
Punta Indio (Río de la Plata Estuary, Argentina) 1 0.023 (January 2002)   0.978 0.93   
2 0.474 (June 2001)   1.069 0.91 18 to 20 <3
3 0.841 (November 2001) 30 1.127 0.97   
Atucha I (Paraná de las Palmas River, Argentina)a 1 (follow-up) - (January 1998) 35 1 - 20 3
Bagliardi Beach (Río de la Plata Estuary, Argentina)b 1 −0.071 (December 1993)   0.337 0.99   
2 0.097 (February 1994) 36 0.340 0.98 10 3.2
  3 0.513 (July 1994)   0.376 0.94   
  1. t 0 , initial time; L inf, first-year growth; k, growth rate as determined from the growth curves of Figure 5; R2, correlation coefficient from the least-squares regression curves; VBGF, von Bertalanffy growth function for generalized growth in length; VBSGF, von-Bertalanffy seasonal growth function for seasonally oscillating growth in length. aVBSGF method (Boltovskoy and Cataldo 1999), bMaroñas et al. 2003.