Haematological values of post-laying Arrau turtle (Podocnemis expansa) in the Orinoco River, Venezuela.


The Arrau turtle (Podocnemis expansa) is an endangered species, as a result of long-lasting, unsustainable exploitation. To obtain reference haematological values from the wild Podocnemis expansa during post-laying, 20 turtles were captured in the Orinoco River. Blood was obtained from the dorsal cervical sinus in lithium heparin tubes. Red blood cells (RBC), white blood cells (WBC), thrombocytes (TC), packed cell volume (PCV), plasmatic protein (PP), haemoglobin (Hgb), mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and differential leukocyte count were determined. Haematological values were: RBC 0.9×10(9)/L, WBC 5.7×10(9)/L, TC 5.4×10(9)/L, PCV 35.6%, PP 4.2g/dL, Hgb 11.8g/dL, MCV 411fL. The differential leukocyte count comprised: 71% heterophils, 23% lymphocytes, 3% eosinophils, 1.6% basophils, and 1% monocytes. The reports of reference haematology values for the wild P. expansa are limited; therefore, the results presented herein contrast with those values obtained in captivity. This study represents a contribution to the referential haematological values of the wild P. expansa.

DOI: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2010.10.026

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@article{Rossini2012HaematologicalVO, title={Haematological values of post-laying Arrau turtle (Podocnemis expansa) in the Orinoco River, Venezuela.}, author={Mario Rossini and Paula Alejandra Blanco and Elizabeth C . Marin and Sim{\'o}n Gabriel Comerma-Steffensen and Hector Zerpa}, journal={Research in veterinary science}, year={2012}, volume={92 1}, pages={128-31} }