The Chemical Properties of the African Match Box Crab, Pachygrapsus transversus (Gibbes, 1850) of Lower River Niger at Anambra State, Nigeria
Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 5, September 2014, Pages: 227-230
Received: Jul. 5, 2014; Accepted: Sep. 10, 2014; Published: Sep. 30, 2014
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Arazu Vivian Nneka, Department of Biological Sciences, Anambra State University, Uli Anambra State, Nigeria
Okeke John Joseph, Department of Zoology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Okeke Patrick Amaechi, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
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Abstract
The proximate composition and the contents of some important minerals in the box crab, Pachygrapsus transversus were studied in fresh and dried specimens. Numerical Values determined for moisture, ash and carbohydrates in the fresh individuals were higher than those measured in the dried samples. Similarly, protein and fat values in the dried specimen were higher than those determined in the fresh samples. Generally, the values 13.94%, 13.94% and 1.32% determined as moisture, ash and carbohydrate in dried samples were lower than those obtained in the fresh components. The concentration of sodium and calcium were 591.00mg/100g and 213.50mg/100g in fresh Pachygrapsus transversus while the values of iron, zinc and phosphate in the dried samples were higher. The nutritional implication of these differences in the proximate composition and mineral content of the Pachygrapsus transversus (dried and fresh) were discussed.
Keywords
Crab, Chemical Properties, Fresh, Dried, Lower Niger River
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Arazu Vivian Nneka, Okeke John Joseph, Okeke Patrick Amaechi, The Chemical Properties of the African Match Box Crab, Pachygrapsus transversus (Gibbes, 1850) of Lower River Niger at Anambra State, Nigeria, Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2014, pp. 227-230. doi: 10.11648/j.jfns.20140205.14
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