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Studies on the Seasonal Fluctuations in the Proximate Body Composition of Paratelphusa masoniana (Henderson) (Female), a Local Freshwater Crab of Jammu Region

Author(s): Seema Langer | Priya Manhas | Yahya Bakhtiyar | Sheikh Rayees | Gurdarshan Singh

Journal: Advance Journal of Food Science and Technology
ISSN 2042-4868

Volume: 5;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 986;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Ash | lipid | moisture | Paratelphusa | protein

The freshwater crab, Paratelphusa masoniana was collected for a period of one year to investigate the seasonal fluctuation in the proximate composition. Marked seasonal variation in protein, lipid and moisture were observed during a period of one year to determine their viability in the course of the reproductive cycle. Both protein and lipid content are inversely related to moisture content. Maximum protein (62.15±0.30%; 55.85±0.48) and lipid (5.85±0.46%; 5.49±0.38%) were observed during non-spawning period and minimum during spawning months. The relationship between protein and lipid is however a direct one. On the basis of the investigation, it has been recorded that the local freshwater crab, P. masoniana, is a biannual breeder.
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