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Haematology and Plasma Biochemistry of Wild Black Flying-Foxes, (Pteropus alecto) in Queensland, Australia

McMichael, Lee and Edson, Daniel and McLaughlin, Amanda and Mayer, David and Kopp, Steven and Meers, Joanne and Field, Hume (2015) Haematology and Plasma Biochemistry of Wild Black Flying-Foxes, (Pteropus alecto) in Queensland, Australia. PLoS ONE, 10 (5). e0125741.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0125741

Abstract

This paper establishes reference ranges for hematologic and plasma biochemistry values in wild Black flying-foxes (Pteropus alecto) captured in South East Queensland, Australia. Values were found to be consistent with those of other Pteropus species. Four hundred and forty-seven animals were sampled over 12 months and significant differences were found between age, sex, reproductive and body condition cohorts in the sample population. Mean values for each cohort fell within the determined normal adult reference range, with the exception of elevated levels of alkaline phosphatase in juvenile animals. Hematologic and biochemistry parameters of injured animals showed little or no deviation from the normal reference values for minor injuries, while two animals with more severe injury or abscessation showed leucocytosis, anaemia, thrombocytosis, hyperglobulinemia and hypoalbuminemia.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Subjects:Science > Biology > Biochemistry
Animal culture > Small animal culture
Deposited On:13 Jul 2015 02:02
Last Modified:13 Jul 2015 02:02

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