Gonadal growth and color were examined in the echinoid Psammechinus miliaris when fed diets containing either micro- or macroalgal supplements. Urchins receiving diets containing the microalgae Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Tahitian Isochrysis sp. showed significantly greater gonad growth at the end of the 12-wk experimental period as compared to urchins fed the artificial diet with no added algae. An improvement in gonad color, compared to the control, was observed for both treatments receiving microalgae; whereas, those fed the macroalgae Laminaria saccharina diet showed no significant improvement in color. The P. tricornutum diet improved gonad color more rapidly than the other algal diets. These results show that cultured microalgae, incorporated into an artificial diet, have a positive effect on the gonad color of P. miliaris, with promising implications for commercial echinoculture.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||J SHELLFISH RES|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- ATLANTIC SALMON
- Marine & Freshwater Biology
- SEMICONTINUOUS CULTURES
- ASTAXANTHIN DIPALMITATE
McLaughlin, G., & Kelly, M. (2001). Effect Of Artificial Diets Containing Carotenoid-Rich Microalgae On Gonad Growth And Colour In The Sea Urchin Psammechinus Miliaris (Gmelin). J SHELLFISH RES, 20(1), 377-382.