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J Zoo Wildl Med. 2020 Jan 9;50(4):1026-1030. doi: 10.1638/2019-0035R.

HEALTH STATUS AND BASELINE HEMATOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, AND BLOOD GAS VALUES OF GALAPAGOS SHEARWATERS (PUFFINUS SUBALARIS).

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1
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, San Cristóbal Island, Ave, Alsacio Northia, Galápagos, Ecuador.
2
Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ, Colegio de Ciencias Biológicas y Ambientales, Extensión Galápagos, Galápagos Casilla 17-1200-841, Quito 170901, Ecuador.
3
University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs QLD 4556, Australia.
4
Fundación Equilibrio Azul, Puerto López, Machalilla, PO Box 17116205, Ecuador.
5
Dirección Parque Nacional Galápagos, Unidad Técnica Operativa San Cristóbal, Galápagos, Ecuador.
6
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
7
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606, USA.
8
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606, USA, greg_lewbar@ncsu.edu.
9
Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, San Cristóbal Island, Ave, Alsacio Northia, Galápagos, Ecuador, greg_lewbar@ncsu.edu.

Abstract

The Galápagos shearwater, Puffinus subalaris, is a seabird endemic to the Galápagos archipelago. Hematology, blood chemistry, and general health parameters have not been published for this species. Analyses were run on blood samples drawn from 20 clinically healthy Galápagos shearwaters captured by hand at their nests at Islote Pitt on San Cristóbal Island in July 2016. A portable blood analyzer (iSTAT) was used to obtain near immediate field results for pH, pO2, pCO2, TCO2, HCO3 -, hematocrit, hemoglobin, sodium, potassium, chloride, ionized calcium, creatinine, urea nitrogen, anion gap, and glucose. Blood lactate was measured using a portable Lactate Plus analyzer. The reported results provide baseline data that can be used for comparisons among populations and in detecting changes in health status among Galápagos shearwaters.

KEYWORDS:

Biochemistry; Blood gases; Galápagos Islands; Galápagos shearwater; Health status; Hematology; Puffinus subalaris

PMID:
31926542
DOI:
10.1638/2019-0035R

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