Total protein, lipid, carbohydrate, and water changes of eggs through embryonic development of macrobrachlum occidentale holthuis, 1950 and its relation to morphological changes

Marcelo García Guerrero, Pedro Hernández Sandoval

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Total protein, lipid and carbohydrate variations for the whole embryonic development were measured every 48 hours in samples of eggs of Macrobrachium occidentale (Holthuis), 1950, a small freshwater caridean. Proteins are the main component followed by lipids and carbohydrate only as minor constituent. Most required energy seems to come from metabolism of fat, which was profusely depleted during the whole of development while proteins seem to be mostly utilized for tissue formation. Details of morphological changes of every developmental step are also presented and a comparison of present results with works of other prawn eggs is discussed. © 2012 The Crustacean Society. Published by Brill NV, Leiden.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)769-773
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Crustacean Biology
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2012


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