Taxonomy: Isochrysis is a golden marine phytoflagellate classified as: Prymnesiophyta (Phylum); Prymnesiophyceae (Class); Isochrysidales (Order); Isochrysidaceae (Family); Isochrysis (Genus).
Morphology: Cells are spherical with a ranging size from 3 to 6 µm.
- Isochrysis is a premium source of DHA, extremely important for marine fish larvae, juvenile stages of molluscs and crustaceans diets. Commonly used for zooplankton enrichment (Rotifers and Artemia) in standard hatchery protocols.
- Rich in essential vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, nicotinic acid, pantotenic acid and folic acid. All these vitamins play important role on the larvae development, growth and fish vision.
- Great source of amino acids such as leucine, lysine and alanine, important for growth rate improvement of fish larvae and crustaceans.
- Must abundant pigments: fucoxanthin, lutein, β-carotene, zeaxanthin, cantaxanthin, chlorophyll-a and chlorophyll-c2.
Biochemical composition (dw%): Min crude protein = 40; Min crude fat = 20 and Max crude ash = 17.
Isochrysis is available in the following formulations: