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Blood variable data for clinically normal and clinically abnormal Mojave Desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) in 2013


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Drake, K.K., 2017, Blood variable data for clinically normal and clinically abnormal Mojave Desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) in 2013: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


To improve our understanding of health and immune function in tortoises, we evaluated both standard blood diagnostic (body condition, hematologic, plasma biochemistry values, trace elements, plasma proteins, vitamin A levels) and gene transcription profiles in 21 adult tortoises (11 clinically abnormal; 10 clinically normal) from Clark County, NV, USA. Necropsy and histology evaluations from clinically abnormal tortoises revealed multiple physiological complications, with moderate to severe rhinitis or pneumonia being the primary cause of morbidity in all but one of the examined animals. Improved methods for health assessments are an important element of monitoring tortoise population recovery and can support the development of more [...]


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Western Ecological Research Center
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K Kristina Drake
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Erika N Sanchez-Chopitea
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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Western Ecological Research Center

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These data were collected to evaluate tortoise health using traditional veterinary blood and gene-based diagnostics. They were used to publication in the journal Conservation Physiology.


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DOI doi:10.5066/F7MK6BDV

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