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      Fish haematology; toxicology; effect of MOC; blood cells

    • Abstract


      Mahua oil cake, a derivative from the plantBassia latifolia, is extensively used as fish toxicant cum pond manure in inland aquaculture systems of India. Saponin, one of the haemolytic components of mahua oil cake, has a lethal effect on fishes and other organisms. In the present investigation,Heteropneustes fossilis—an air-breathing catfish andCyprinus carpio—a carp, were treated with mahua oil cake and their haematological indices were evaluated. The effect was fatally critical with gradual and complete shrinkage of erythrocytes, followed by ultimate haemolysis of cells, and significant reduction of the values of haematocrit, haemoglobin concentration and red cell count.

    • Author Affiliations


      Sumit Homechaudhuri1 Tapan Pandit1 Subhas Poddar1 Samir Banerjee1

      1. Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Calcutta - 700 019, India
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