Fish Physiology and Biochemistry

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 411–417 | Cite as

Comparative fatty acid profiles of wild and farmed tropical freshwater fish rohu (Labeo rohita)

  • Prakash Sharma
  • Vikas Kumar
  • Amit Kumar Sinha
  • Jayant Ranjan
  • H. M. P. Kithsiri
  • Gudipati Venkateshwarlu


The proximate composition of the whole body and the fatty acid composition of the liver, muscle, eye and brain of wild and cultured rohu (Labeo rohita) were analyzed. The cultured species was found to have significantly (P < 0.05) higher lipid contents than its wild counterpart. The saturated (SFA) and monounsaturated (MUFA) fatty acid contents were significantly higher in the cultured species, whereas the n-6 and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) levels were higher in the wild species. Fatty acids C16:0 and C18:1 n-9 were the principal fatty acids of the SFAs and MUFAs, respectively, identified in the analyses. Docosahexaenoic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, and arachidonic acid were the predominant PUFAs in both groups, and all three were found to be present at significantly (P < 0.05) higher levels in the wild species. Erucic acid (C22:1 n-9), which was the predominant fatty acid (30.76%) in the feed, was detected only at low levels in muscle (0.30%), liver (1.04%) and eye (1.28%) of cultured fish tissue.


Cultured and wild Labeo rohita Erucic acid Fatty acid profile n-6 and n-3 PUFA 



The authors are grateful to the Director, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, for providing facilities for carrying out the work. The first author is grateful to the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai for awarding the institutional fellowship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prakash Sharma
    • 1
  • Vikas Kumar
    • 2
  • Amit Kumar Sinha
    • 3
  • Jayant Ranjan
    • 3
  • H. M. P. Kithsiri
    • 1
  • Gudipati Venkateshwarlu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Fish Nutrition and BiochemistryCentral Institute of Fisheries EducationMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Aquaculture System and Animal Nutrition in the Tropics and Subtropics (480b)University of HohenheimStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Department of Animal ProductionGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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