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Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development
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Research Article

Biochemical Composition of Edible Crab, Podophthalmus Vigil (Fabricius)

Soundarapandian P1*, Ravichandran S2 and Varadharajan D1

1Faculty of Marine Sciences, Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Parangipettai - 608 502, Tamil Nadu, India

2Department of Zoology, Government Arts College, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding Author:
P Soundarapandian
Faculty of Marine Sciences
Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology
Annamalai University, Parangipettai-608 502
Tamil Nadu, India
Tel: 04144-243223
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date March 06, 2013; Accepted date April 15, 2013; Published date April 20, 2013

Citation: Soundarapandian P, Ravichandran S, Varadharajan D (2013) Biochemical Composition of Edible Crab, Podophthalmus Vigil (Fabricius). J Marine Sci Res Dev 3:119. doi: 10.4172/2155-9910.1000119

Copyright: © 2013 Soundarapandian P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Study of proximate composition in different sexes is important to know the nutritional status of each sex. In the present study, biochemical composition (protein, carbohydrate and lipid) were studied male, female and berried crabs of Podophthalmus vigil. The protein content was maximum in females (23.47%) when compared to males (21.53%) and berried females (20.93%). The carbohydrate content was significantly higher in berried females (2.76%) and lesser in males (2.09 %) and females (2.06%). The lipid contents were significantly higher in females (1.09%) and berried females (1.05%) than males (0.32%). Ash content was maximum in females (0.99%) and berried female (0.98%) than males (0.31%). The moisture content was maximum in berried females (79%) followed by males (75%) and females (74%). From the results, it is confirmed that organic constituents of the females are nutritionally superior over male crabs.