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Title: Rearing techniques and nutritional quality of two mysids from Gran Canaria (Spain)
Authors: Herrera, A. 
Gomez, M. 
Molina Dominguez, Lucia 
Otero Ferrer, Francisco 
Packard, T. 
UNESCO Clasification: 251001 Oceanografía biológica
251092 Acuicultura marina
Keywords: Mysids
Leptomysis lingvura
Live prey
Nutritional quality, et al
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: 1355-557X
Journal: Aquaculture Research 
Abstract: This paper presents the preliminary results of different trials carried out with two species of mysids from Gran Canaria: Leptomysis lingvura (G.O. Sars, 1866) and Paramysis nouvel. Experiments lasting 21 days showed significantly higher fecundity and survival in L. lingvura than in P. nouveli (P<0.05). We also report the biochemical profile of both species fed 48‐h‐Artemia nauplii enriched with Easy‐DHA‐Selco® for 7 days. A comparison of our results with those of for Artemia and rotifers, organisms frequently used as live food in aquaculture, showed that mysids have a high percentage of protein per dry mass (73.38% in P. nouveli, and 74.19% in L. lingvura). Furthermore, the percentage of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and arachidonic acid (AA) in total fatty acids was higher in both species than that reported by Roo and colleagues for rotifers and Artemia. In addition to the content of these fatty acids, their ratios between them are also important for normal growth and larval development. We found that the ratio, DHA:EPA, was 0.85 0.02 and 0.89 0.01; the ratio, DHA: AA, 6.25 0.26 and 4.74 0.14; and the ratio, EPA:AA, 7.32 0.26 and 5.32 0.2, respectively, for P. nouveli and L. lingvura in cultures and these ratios do not significantly differ (P>0.05) from organisms in the wild. Here, we argue that as mysids are prey for many commercially important fish, cephalopods and rays, it is likely that the biochemical composition of mysids in their natural environment is “optimal” for these predators. Therefore, we studied the lipid profile of both species as they naturally occur in their environment. The results indicate that these mysids could be used to develop high quality live fish food.
ISSN: 1355-557X
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2010.02786.x
Source: Aquaculture Research [ISSN 1355-557X], v. 42, p. 677-683
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