Marine gammarids (Crustacea: Amphipoda): a new live prey to culture Octopus maya hatchlings

Baeza-Rojano, Elena; Domingues, Pedro; Guerra-Garcia, Jose M.; Capella, Santiago; Norena-Barroso, Elsa; Caamal-Monsreal, Claudia; Rosas, Carlos


The effects of feeding two alternative live prey Hyalella azteca (freshwater gammarids) and Hyale media (marine gammarids) to Octopus maya hatchlings were compared with feeding adult Artemia sp., traditionally used during the first weeks of the life cycle. Hatchlings were fed ad libitum these three live preys during the first 15days, and a paste elaborated with fresh squid and shrimp during the next 15days when hatchling can be fed prepared diets. Weight (g) and specific growth rates (% day(-1)) were determined every 15days. Octopus maya hatchlings fed with marine gammarids grew larger (6.9 +/- 0.2% day(-1)) compared with hatchlings fed Artemia sp. or freshwater gammarids (4.8 +/- 0.2% and 5.0 +/- 0.3% day(-1) respectively). Survival was also higher (92.2 +/- 6.8%) for hatchlings fed marine gammarids, than for those fed Artemia sp. (74.5 +/- 23.8%) or freshwater gammarids (41.2 +/- 21.2%). The content of acylglycerides, cholesterol and proteins in O. maya fed marine gammarids suggested a better nutrient assimilation by the hatchlings. Also, polyunsaturated fatty acids levels (EPA and DHA) were more abundant in marine gammarids, possibly contributing to the higher growth rates observed. This is the first study revealing a successful use of marine gammarids as alternative prey for octopus hatchlings culture.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000323930400012 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: AQUACULTURE RESEARCH
Volumen: 44
Número: 10
Editorial: Wiley
Fecha de publicación: 2013
Página de inicio: 1602
Página final: 1612


Notas: ISI