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Title: Effect of increasing docosahexaenoic acid content in weaning diets on survival, growth and skeletal anomalies of longfin yellowtail (Seriola rivoliana, Valenciennes 1833)
Authors: Mesa-Rodríguez, Antonio
Hernández-Cruz, Carmen Maria 
Betancor Quintana, Mónica Beatriz
Fernández-Palacios, Hipólito 
Izquierdo, Marisol S. 
Roo, Javier 
UNESCO Clasification: 310502 Piscicultura
Keywords: Docosahexaenoic acid
Fish larvae
Longfin yellowtail
Skeletal anomalies
Issue Date: 2018
Journal: Aquaculture Research 
Abstract: Five isoproteic (54.8%) and isolipidic (24.1%) microdiets, which varied in their docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) content (0.25%, 0.75%, 1.64%, 1.99% and 3.17%; dw), were manufactured to determine its effects on longfin yellowtail Seriola rivoliana larvae in terms of fish biological performance, whole body fatty acid profile and incidence of skeletal anomalies from 30 dah (11.31 ± 1.79 Total Length, TL) to 50 dah (19.80 ± 0.58 mm TL). The inclusion of dietary DHA up to 3.17% (dw) improved larval resistance to air exposure, although DHA did not significantly affect fish final growth or final survival. Indeed, high levels of dietary DHA (1.99% and 3.17%, dw) tended to increase the incidence of skeletal anomalies in S. rivoliana larvae, albeit no significant differences were observed. Furthermore, the occurrence of severe anomalies such as kyphosis and lordosis, was mainly associated to the larvae fed the highest levels of dietary DHA. In terms of survival, increasing dietary DHA levels did not significantly affect longfin yellowtail survival rate, despite a tendency for enhanced survival. The results of the present study proved that the inclusion of dietary DHA in inert diets up to a 3.17% (dw) and a DHA/EPA ratio above 3.1 increased the final survival and stress resistance in S. rivoliana larvae.
ISSN: 1355-557X
DOI: 10.1111/are.13573
Source: Aquaculture Research [ISSN 1355-557X],v. 49 (3), p. 1200-1209
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