Taxonomy: Phaeodactylum belongs to the unicellular brown algal class, or the diatoms, classified as: Bacillariophyta (Phylum); Phaeodactylaceae (Family); Phaeodactylum (Genus).
Morphology: Most cells have a fusiform shape and some cells present trigonometrically and ovoid forms. Ranging size from 5 to 12 µm.
- Ideal for EPA enrichment of live prey (Rotifers and Artemia) molluscs and prawn larvae feeding. It is rich in silicates which plays an important role in the exoskeleton formation.
- Presents adequate content of vitamins: B12, thiamine and biotin. Essential for a good appetite, normal digestion, growth, fertility and needed for normal function of nervous tissue.
- Optimal essential amino acids profile in: leucine, lysine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid and folic acid.
- Rich in a wide range of pigments: chlorophyll-a, c1,c2, α, β-carotene, fucoxanthin, neofucoxanthin and diadinoxanthin.
Biochemical composition (dw%): Min crude protein = 30; Min crude fat = 5 and Max ash = 22.
Phaeodactylum is available in the following formulations: