Comparative haematology and blood chemistry of endangered lizards (Gallotia species) in the Canary Islands

A. Martínez Silvestre, M. A. Rodríguez Domínguez, J. A. Mateo, J. Pastor, I. Marco, S. Lavín, R. Cuenca

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Abstract

Blood samples were taken from the ventral coccygeal vein of 15 El Hierro giant lizards (Gallotia simonyi) (seven females and eight males), six La Gomera giant lizards (Gallotia bravoana) four males and two females) and four Tenerife giant lizards (Gallotia intermedia) (two males and two females), and 31 blood parameters were measured. Among the haematological parameters there were significant differences between the three species in heterophils, azurophils and lymphocytes, but not significant differences in red blood cell count, white blood cell count, haemoglobin, packed-cell volume, monocytes, eosinophils and basophils. In terms of blood chemistry there were significant differences between the three species in cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, sodium, chloride, urea, uric acid, total proteins, prealbumin, albumin and gamma globulins, but not significant differences in calcium, potassium, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, creatine kinase, bile acids, alpha-1 and alpha-2 globulins and beta globulins.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-269
JournalVeterinary Record
Volume155
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2004

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