Hematology of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)

Abstract

The hematology of the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) was investigated to provide reference values for the normal animal. Red blood cell counts, white blood cell counts, hemoglobins, mean cell volumes and differential white blood cell mean values were determined for Texas A&M colony-born animals and those obtained from the wild. The analyses were completed on 31 animals, three times each, for a total of 93 analyses, which included 16 colony-born and 15 wild-born marmosets. The hematological mean values found for marmosets were similar to those mean values reported for humans. The ranges for the hematology values were much narrower in the colony-born marmosets, and the average white blood cell count was significantly lower in these animals. This indicated that it is possible to produce and maintain a more uniform animal in the colony environment and, consequently, these animals are more suitable than wild-born animals for use as models for human research.

DOI: 10.1007/BF02381447

Cite this paper

@article{McNees2006HematologyOC, title={Hematology of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)}, author={Diane Willenbrock McNees and Betty J. Ponzio and Roscoe W. Lewis and Frank J. Stein and Raymond F. Sis and Barnet M. Levy}, journal={Primates}, year={2006}, volume={23}, pages={145-150} }