Development and application of biochemical and haematological reference intervals to identify unhealthy green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas)

Flint, Mark, Morton, John M., Limpus, Colin J., Patterson-Kane, Janet C., Murray, Peter J. and Mills, Paul C. (2010) Development and application of biochemical and haematological reference intervals to identify unhealthy green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). The Veterinary Journal, 185 3: 299-304. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2009.06.011

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Author Flint, Mark
Morton, John M.
Limpus, Colin J.
Patterson-Kane, Janet C.
Murray, Peter J.
Mills, Paul C.
Title Development and application of biochemical and haematological reference intervals to identify unhealthy green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas)
Journal name The Veterinary Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1090-0233
Publication date 2010-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tvjl.2009.06.011
Volume 185
Issue 3
Start page 299
End page 304
Total pages 6
Editor Andrew J. Higgins
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 0707 Veterinary Sciences
Formatted abstract
Biochemical and haematological reference intervals (RIs) have been reported for sea turtles, but their value for ante-mortem disease diagnosis may be limited due to small sample sizes and outdated statistical analyses. In the present study, 290 green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) were captured, clinically assessed and blood sampled. Of these, 211 were classified as ‘clinically healthy’ and 25 as ‘clinically unhealthy’. RIs were estimated using data from the healthy turtles and compared with blood values from the unhealthy animals.

All of the unhealthy animals had plasma biochemical and haematological values outside one or more RIs (albumin, 48% of unhealthy animals; alkaline phosphatase, 35%; aspartate transaminase, 13%; creatinine, 30%; globulin, 3%; glucose, 34%; lactic dehydrogenase, 26%; phosphorus, 22%; sodium, 13%; thrombocytes, 57%; and monocytes, 5%). Among small immature turtles, those with Chelonibia testudinaria plastron barnacle counts greater-or-equal, slanted20 were three times more likely to be unhealthy than those with no barnacles. In addition, small immature and mature turtles were more likely to be unhealthy than large immature turtles.
Keyword Chelonia
Blood
Diagnosis
Risk factors
Health
Reference intervals
Caretta-caretta
Marine Turtles
Blood values
Moreton Bay
Fibropapillomatosis
Queensland
Coast
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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