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1 April 2000 Hematology and Serum Chemistry of the Island Fox on Santa Cruz Island
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Serum and hematologic biochemistry values for island foxes (Urocyon littoralis) on Santa Cruz Island (California, USA) in April (wet season) and September (dry season) 1998 were evaluated. Serum chemistry of island foxes generally varied seasonally; 10 (40%) of the 25 serum characteristics were higher in the wet season, and three (12%) of the 25 serum characteristics were higher in the dry season. No hematologic parameters varied between seasons, although some measures varied between sexes. Blood analytes also varied with age; fox pups had higher values than adults for one hematologic and four serum parameters, whereas adult foxes had higher values for five hematologic characteristics. The information on blood chemistry provides baseline data useful in the monitoring of this threatened insular endemic carnivore.

Crooks, Scott, Bowen, and Van Vuren: Hematology and Serum Chemistry of the Island Fox on Santa Cruz Island
Kevin R. Crooks, CHERYL A. SCOTT, Lizabeth Bowen, and Dirk Van Vuren "Hematology and Serum Chemistry of the Island Fox on Santa Cruz Island," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 36(2), (1 April 2000). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-36.2.397
Received: 7 July 1999; Published: 1 April 2000
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