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1 October 2009 PATHOLOGIC FINDINGS IN HATCHLING AND POSTHATCHLING LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES (DERMOCHELYS CORIACEA) FROM FLORIDA
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In an attempt to identify critical health issues affecting the survival of endangered leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), a prospective study was conducted in several dead-in-nest hatchlings and captive posthatchlings to examine pathologic changes and presence of pathogenic microorganisms. Numerous histopathologic changes were identified. Although bacterial etiologies were suspected in deaths of captive individuals, a single causative organism was not identified but rather, a mixed population of bacterial flora was cultured. Muscle degeneration observed in most samples implicates a potential environmental factor in species survival and needs future investigation.

Miller, Wyneken, Rajeev, Perrault, Mader, Weege, and Baldwin: PATHOLOGIC FINDINGS IN HATCHLING AND POSTHATCHLING LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES (DERMOCHELYS CORIACEA) FROM FLORIDA
Debra L. Miller, Jeanette Wyneken, Sreekumari Rajeev, Justin Perrault, Douglas R. Mader, James Weege and Charles A. Baldwin "PATHOLOGIC FINDINGS IN HATCHLING AND POSTHATCHLING LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES (DERMOCHELYS CORIACEA) FROM FLORIDA," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45(4), (1 October 2009). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-45.4.962
Received: 4 April 2008; Accepted: ; Published: 1 October 2009
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