FATTY ACID FRACTIONS OF PHOSPHOLIPIDS IN AN INARTICULATE BRACHIOPOD FAUNA INHABITING IN WEST BENGAL- ODISHA COAST, INDIA.
Samaresh Samanta*, Amalesh Choudhury and Susanta Kumar Chakraborty
Different categories of good quality fatty acids under different classes of phospholipids are considered to be important determinants of ecosystem health and stability. They are also a valuable tool to measure inputs, cycling of materials in estuarine- mangrove food webs. Lingula anatina, a Precambrian brachiopod benthic macrofauna, inhabiting at the confluence of Subarnarekha estuary. They obtained their essential fatty acids (EFAs) of phospholipid groups, needed for their different physiological activities. These EFAs entered within their body through biotransformation and bioconversion processes from different food sources available in plenty at this intertidal basin. Different saturated and unsaturated fatty acids present within the body of studied species indicated that these can be considered as a good biomarker to understanding thophic interactions at a mangrove- estuarine ecosystem at the confluence of Subarnarekha estuary.
Keywords: Brachiopod, Phospholipids, Biomarker, Subarnarekha Estuary.
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