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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2013, Vol 13, Num, 5     (Pages: 777-783)

Determination of Total Lipid and Fatty Acid Composition of Pearl Mullet (Chalcalburnus tarichi, Pallas 1811)

Gülsüm Balçık Mısır 1 ,Sebahattin Kutlu 1 ,Salih Çibuk 2

1 Central Fisheries Research Institute, Trabzon, Turkey
2 Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van Vocational School of Health Services, Van, Turkey
DOI : 10.4194/1303-2712-v13_5_01 Viewed : 4196 - Downloaded : 8072 Total lipid content and fatty acid composition of pearl mullet, which is an endemic species occurring in Lake Van, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey, and the streams feeding the Lake, were investigated. Average total lipid content of samples collected in September and November 2012 and January 2013 was 2.19g. Average ΣSFA, ΣMUFA and ΣPUFA were determined as 21.88% (0.41g/100g), 44.37% (0.85g/100g) and 29.19% (0.57g/100g), respectively. Predominant SFA and MUFA were Palmitic acid (16:0) 12.9% (0.25g/100g) and Oleic acid (18:1n-9) 27.2% (0.53g/100g) in order. Average Σn-3 and DHA+EPA values were calculated as 23.88% (0.46g/100g), and 17.07% (0.33g/100g) respectively. Recommended as a good index in revealing the nutritional value of fish, n-3/n-6 ratio was calculated as 3.70g/100g in average. As a result, possessing especially high values of DHA and EPA, pearl mullet found to be a rich source of n-3. Keywords : İnci kefali, pearl mullet, fatty acid, EPA, DHA