Hematologic and plasma biochemical reference intervals for health monitoring of wild Australian tree frogs
Sam Young, Jeff Warner, Rick Speare, Lee Berger, Lee F Skerratt, Reinhold Muller
VETERINARY CLINICAL PATHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Few hematologic and biochemical reference intervals for wild amphibians have been established. Reference values would aid in early detection of emerging infectious diseases, which are a significant problem for amphibian conservation efforts. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to establish reference intervals for a wide range of hematologic and plasma biochemistry variables for 2 species of Australian tree frogs, describe morphologic features of leukocytes, and analyze the effects of season, year, and parasite status on blood values. METHODS: Blood specimens were collected from reference populations of wild adult Australian tree frogs, Litoria caerulea and L infrafrenata, for analysis of hematol..View full abstract
We thank Jamie Voyles and Rob Puschendorf of the James Cook University Amphibian Disease Ecology Group for assistance with collection of frogs and the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage for providing funding for this project.