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

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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.

Affiliations: 1: 1CIIDIR-IPN Unidad Oaxaca, Calle Hornos No. 1003, C.P. 71230, Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan, PO Box 674 and 608, Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico; 2: 2Unidad Los Mochis de la Universidad de Occidente, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Boulevard Macario Gaxiola s/n, C.P. 81217, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México


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