2016, Vol. 4 Issue 2, Part B
Patterns of variation in the proximate composition of Maydelliathelphusa masoniana (Henderson), (a decapod crustacean), found in the local water bodies of Jammu region of J&K state (India)
Author(s): Priya Manhas, Seema Langer, Irfan A Noorani, Rakesh K Gupta
Abstract: During the course of present study, various nutritional aspects viz. protein, glycogen, lipid, moisture and ash of the body meat of an edible freshwater crab, Maydelliathelphusa masoniana (Henderson) has been investigated in both male and female crabs and marked seasonal variations were also taken into consideration during an yearlong investigation. Lipid and water contents were inversely related, maximum lipid levels were being recorded during the pre-spawning months and minimum during post-spawning. Lipid and protein however, showed positive correlation. Pre-spawning period witnessed high energy values and muscle glycogen witnessing a direct correlation with feeding and spawning activity. Nutritive value of M. masoniana is well comparable to other edible species of decapod crustaceans like prawns and shrimps thereby ensuring its candidature as an edible and potential culturable species.
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