Vol. 14 No. 2 (2019)
Short Note

Hematological parameters of the Bolson tortoise Gopherus flavomarginatus in Mexico

Cristina García-De la Peña
Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango, Gómez Palacio, Durango, México
Roger Iván Rodríguez-Vivas
Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida, Yucatán, México
Jorge A. Zegbe-Domínguez
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias, Campo Experimental Calera, Zacatecas, México
Luis Manuel Valenzuela-Núñez
Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango, Gómez Palacio, Durango, México
César A. Meza Herrera
Universidad Autónoma Chapingo-URUZA, Bermejillo, Durango, México
Quetzaly Siller-Rodríguez
Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango, Gómez Palacio, Durango, México
Verónica Ávila-Rodríguez
Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango, Gómez Palacio, Durango, México
Published December 27, 2019
Keywords
  • lymphocyte,
  • Chelonia,
  • desert,
  • Mapimí Biosphere Reserve
How to Cite
García-De la Peña, C., Rodríguez-Vivas, R. I., Zegbe-Domínguez, J. A., Valenzuela-Núñez, L. M., Meza Herrera, C. A., Siller-Rodríguez, Q., & Ávila-Rodríguez, V. (2019). Hematological parameters of the Bolson tortoise Gopherus flavomarginatus in Mexico. Acta Herpetologica, 14(2), 123-128. https://doi.org/10.13128/a_h-7750

Abstract

We present findings of our preliminary study to determine biometry and blood chemistry values of healthy wild individuals of the critically endangered Bolson tortoises (Gopherus flavomarginatus) in Mexico. Given the absence of previously published data regarding hematology parameters for this species, these results represent an important base for additional research. Hematocrit determination, stains, and cell counts were performed, as well as 18 parameters of blood chemistry. Values of biometry and blood chemistry for G. flavomarginatus were similar to reference values those already reported for G. agassizii, G. polyphemus, and G. berlandieri. These similarities reflect the phylogenetic relationships among these species. However, slight differences may point to particular adaptations that each has developed to their own habitat, and so point to questions to be addressed with future research.

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