Correlation between body size and fatty acid and essential amino acid composition of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) and monkey goby (Neogobius fluviatilis) from the Rhine River (Germany)

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In this study correlations between body size and muscle fatty and amino acid content of two species of goby, round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) and monkey goby (Neogobius fluviatilis) caught from river Rhine (Germany) were investigated. Among saturated fatty acids (SFAs), mono- (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) only SFAs were significantly higher in round goby than monkey goby (P < 0.05). In general, the correlation between body size of both gobies and the content of most of the individual fatty acids was not significant. In monkey goby, the content of palmitic acid (C16:0) and oleic acid (C18:1 n-9) was positively correlated with weight (r = 0.43) and total length (r = −0.58), respectively, and the content of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) increased with condition factor (r = 0.50). The content of threonine, arginine, valine, phenylalanine and isoleucine in monkey goby was higher than those of round goby (P < 0.05). In round goby the three essential amino acids arginine, valine and leucine were positively (P < 0.05) correlated with body length, which indicates that longer round gobies are of higher nutritional value.

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Ghomi, M.R., Von Elert, E., Borcherding, J. et al. Correlation between body size and fatty acid and essential amino acid composition of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) and monkey goby (Neogobius fluviatilis) from the Rhine River (Germany). Biologia 69, 799–805 (2014). https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-014-0374-8

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Key words

  • fatty acid
  • amino acid
  • body size
  • correlation
  • round goby
  • monkey goby