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Title: Baseline health indicators of Eastern Pacific Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Baja California Sur, Mexico
Authors: Reséndiz, Eduardo
Fernández-Sanz, Helena
Lara-Uc, María Mónica
UNESCO Clasification: 3109 Ciencias veterinarias
240116 Herpetología
Keywords: Semiology
Vital signs
Complete blood count
Blood chemistry, et al
Issue Date: 2018
Project: Proyecto: “Participación social en el monitoreo del hábitat crítico de la tortuga negra para la laguna Ojo de liebre y laguna San Ignacio” of the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP)
Journal: Comparative Clinical Pathology 
Abstract: Sea turtle health is an important component of conservation since these taxa is susceptible to infectious diseases that can cause illness leading to mortality. Threats to the health, survival, and reproduction of sea turtles are increasingly documented; however, prevention and control has not yet been successfully achieved. Thus, information about health indicators of sea turtles is a useful tool in order to achieve the best possible conservation measures. The objective of this study was to establish a baseline of health indicators of free-ranging Eastern Pacific green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from neritic foraging and juvenile developmental habitats in Baja California Sur. Here, we contribute baseline and reference interval values of vital signs, complete blood count, and plasma blood chemistry for live specimens from coastal lagoons: Ojo de liebre and San Ignacio in Baja California Sur, Mexico. With the integration of these indicators, 79 turtles were diagnosed as “healthy.” Development of site-specific baseline of health indicators for free-ranging sea turtle populations allows to infer that the habitat provides adequate conditions for these species to carry out the activities corresponding to their stage of development and helps to create the management plans and pertinent conservation strategies as well as for the organisms in the area.
ISSN: 1618-5641
DOI: 10.1007/s00580-018-2740-3
Source: Comparative Clinical Pathology [ISSN 1618-5641], v. 27, p. 1309–1320
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