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1 June 2003 HEMATOLOGIC AND SERUM BIOCHEMISTRY VALUES IN TWO SPECIES OF FREE-RANGING PORCUPINES (COENDOU PREHENSILIS, COENDOU MELANURUS) IN FRENCH GUIANA
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Individuals of two porcupine species (Coendou prehensilis and Coendou melanurus) were translocated during the flooding of a forest at a hydroelectric dam site in French Guiana. Blood samples were collected for 11 mo to determine hematologic and serum chemistry reference mean values and ranges and to look for blood parasites. Male C. prehensilis had significantly higher hemoglobin levels, packed cell volumes, and creatinine and potassium values than did females of the same species. Coendou prehensilis had significantly lower amylase levels but higher creatinine, calcium, lactate dehydrogenase, and gamma glutamyl transferase levels than C. melanurus.

Brigitte Moreau, J. Christophe Vié, Philippe Cotellon, Ingrund De Thoisy, Annie Motard, and Christian P. Raccurt "HEMATOLOGIC AND SERUM BIOCHEMISTRY VALUES IN TWO SPECIES OF FREE-RANGING PORCUPINES (COENDOU PREHENSILIS, COENDOU MELANURUS) IN FRENCH GUIANA," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 34(2), 159-162, (1 June 2003). https://doi.org/10.1638/01-023
Received: 29 March 2001; Published: 1 June 2003
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