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Morphologic and cytochemical characteristics of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) blood cells

American Journal of Veterinary Research

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Abstract

Objective - To identify and characterize blood cells from free-ranging Hawaiian green turtles, Chelonia mydas. Sample Population - 26 green turtles from Puako on the island of Hawaii and Kaneohe Bay on the island of Oahu. Procedure - Blood was examined, using light and electron microscopy and cytochemical stains that included benzidine peroxidase, chloroacetate esterase, alpha naphthyl butyrate esterase, acid phosphatase, Sudan black B, periodic acid-Schiff, and toluidine blue. Results - 6 types of WBC were identified: lymphocytes, monocytes, thrombocytes, heterophils, basophils, and eosinophils (small and large). Morphologic characteristics of mononuclear cells and most granulocytes were similar to those of cells from other reptiles except that green turtles have both large and small eosinophils. Conclusions - Our classification of green turtle blood cells clarifies imporoper nomenclature reported previously and provides a reference for future hematologic studies in this species.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Morphologic and cytochemical characteristics of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) blood cells
Series title:
American Journal of Veterinary Research
Volume
59
Issue:
10
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 1252-1257
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
1252
Last page:
1257
Number of Pages:
6