Department of Biotechnology, Utkal University,
Bhubaneswar - 751 004, India
06 January 2011
05 May 2011
crabs usually inhabit brackish water bodies of South-East Asia including
India. The biological significance of the species is its survibility in wide
range of hydro-biological fluctuating environments including salinity. The
life cycle of the species includes two important larval stages at which they
are vulnerable to various predators. Pathophysiological status of the species
is a challenge for its aquaculture. Inspite of a huge economical and high
food values, informations on biochemical, molecular, physiological,
ecological and taxonomical aspects of mud crabs (Scylla sp.) in
comparison to other important aquaculture candidates are very limited. The
present review is an attempt to string together various informations
available on mud crabs (S. serrata) so that it will provide a platform
to have all the basic informations regarding the species for interested
workers. It is believed that understanding the pathology, ecophysiology,
genetics and reproduction of the species in its natural environment will not
only help in its conservation but also will help in its enhanced production.
Ecophysiology, Life cycle, Conservation, Aquaculture, Scylla sp.
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