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The Effect of Diet on the Biochemical Composition of Juvenile Artemia: Potential Formulations for Rock Lobster Aquaculture

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posted on 2023-05-16, 13:12 authored by Nelson, MM, Mooney, BD, Nichols, PD, Phleger, CF, Gregory SmithGregory Smith, Hart, P, Ritar, AJ
The lipid class and fatty acid (FA) composition of juvenile Artemia fed continously on four diets-the microalga Tetraselmis suecica, a mix of oat bran-wheat germ-lecithin (OWL), OWL-eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and OWL-EPA-arachidonic acid (AA)-were examined over a 9-d experiment in an attempt to approximate the FA profile of phyllosoma larvae of wild southern rock lobster Jasus edwardsii. The main difference in lipid class composition of Artemia fed the four diets was the relative level of polar lipid (PL) and triacylglycerol (TAG). By day 9, the algal-fed Artemia were highest in PL (95% of total lipid) and lowest in TAG (2%), whereas the remaining diets resulted in Artemia with 16-30% PL and 41-82% TAG. After 2 d, the relative FA composition of all Artemia treatments closely reflected those of the diets, with no marked change after further feeding (to day 9). In terms of the content of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), by day 5 Artemia fed: 1) with the algal diet contained 7 mg/g FA dry mass (0.3% DHA, 6.3% EPA, 3.4% AA of total FA); 2) with the OWL diet contained 3 mg/g (0.3% DHA, 0.9% EPA, 0.7% AA); 3) with the OWL-EPA diet contained 55 mg/g (6.2% DHA, 11.6% EPA, 1.1% AA); and 4) with the OWL-EPA-AA contained 83 mg/g (3.8% DHA, 7.5% EPA, 17.4% AA). The PUFA profiles of Artemia using the OWL-oil diets were similar to wild rock lobster phyllosomata, although levels of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were lower (10% DHA) than in J. edwardsii larvae. On the basis of PUFA composition data alone, the results suggest the suitability of the OWL-oil mixed diets for consideration for feeding to Artemia used in the culture of southern rock lobster larvae, particularly if the level of DHA can be further enhanced.


Publication title

Journal of the World Aquaculture Society








School of Natural Sciences


World Aquaculture Society

Place of publication

Baton Rouge, LA

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Fisheries - aquaculture not elsewhere classified

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