Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Biochemical and haematological profile of Malaysian snakehead, Channa striatus (Bloch)


Lawali Alkali Argungu 1, Sarker Mohammad Nurul Amin 1, Abu Naim Bin Bakhari 1, Roushon Ara 1, Mohammad Aminur Rahman 1, Aziz Arshad 1, Mohammed Aliyu-Paiko 2

Recieved Date: 2014-04-09, Accepted Date: 2014-12-20


Malaysian common snakehead, Channa striatus, was subjected to haematological and biochemical investigations to establish its normal status for reference purposes. Thirty-seven individuals of the wild snakehead were procured for the study. For conveniences, they were categorized into four groups based on live weight: Group 1 (100 g or less), group 2 (101-200 g), group 3 (201-300 g) and group 4 (301 and above). The mean weight and total length for the entire samples were 219.70 ± 86.50 g and 28.93 ± 4.68 cm, respectively. The mean values for haematological parameters were 28.67-33.63% for packed cell volume, 26.0-31.33% for haematocrit, 2.92-3.32×1012 cells/ml for RBC count, 6.38-7.33×109 cells/ml for WBC count, 14.38-17.67% for lymphocytes, 21.67-25.00% for monocytes, 14.59-15.33% for eosinophils and 14.78-21.33% for basophils. The mean biochemical properties such as total protein, urea concentration, sodium concentration and potassium concentration were 117.05-126.33 g/l, 23.33-35.69 g/l, 1.03-1.66 mmol/l, 127.30-139.18 mmol/l and 9.67-16.81 mmol/l , respectively. The results showed significant differences (p<0.05) in the weight and length among the four groups, however, no significant differences (p>0.05) were recognized between the respective haematological and biochemical parameters as well as the condition factor. The mean condition factor in all the groups was above 1.0 which indicates a healthy population.


Haematology, biochemistry, Malaysian snakehead, Channa striatus

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2015
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 12-17

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