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Carotenoids in crabs from marine and fresh waters of India

Sachindra, N. M. and Bhaskar, N. and Mahendrakar, N. S. (2005) Carotenoids in crabs from marine and fresh waters of India. Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft und Technologie, 38. pp. 221-225.

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Quantitative and qualitative distribution of carotenoids in meat and shell of major marine crab (Charybdis cruciata) and fresh water crab (Potamon potamon) from Indian waters was assessed. The total carotenoid content was low in both species of crabs analysed, highest being 11.0 mg/g in shell of marine crab. Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) of carotenoid extracts indicated that the marine crab contained astaxanthin and its esters as major carotenoids and zeaxanthin was major carotenoid in fresh water crab extract. Astaxanthin and its esters contributed 67.6 and 65.5 g/100 g of total carotenoids in meat and shell of marine crab. The zeaxanthin content (g/100 g) in the carotenoid extract of meat and shell of fresh water crab was 42.0 and 74.8 of total carotenoids. The carotenoid extracts from both the crabs had higher level of unsaturated fatty acids. Oleic acid (C18:1) and palmitoleic acid (C16:1) were the predominant unsaturated fatty acid in carotenoid extract from meat of marine and fresh water crab, respectively. In the carotenoid extract from shell, eicosenoic acid (C20:1) in marine crab and linolenic acid (C18:3) in fresh water crab were the major unsaturated fatty acids.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carotenoid; Crab; Indian waters; Astaxanthin; Zeaxanthin
Subjects: 500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 04 Chemistry and Allied Sciences > 14 Carotenoid Chemistry
600 Technology > 08 Food technology > 28 Meat, Fish & Poultry
Divisions: Meat Fish and Poultry Technology
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2007 07:27
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 06:12
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/1237

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