Morphological characterization of the blood cells in the endangered Sicilian endemic pond turtle,Emys trinacris(Testudines: Emydidae)

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Abstract

In this study, measurements of morphological parameters, sizes and frequencies of peripheral blood cells (erythrocytes,leukocytes, thrombocytes) on blood smear preparation devices stained with May-Grünwald stain were evaluated for bothsexes in 20 Emys trinacris (Testudines: Emydidae) specimens. Erythrocytes were higher in male than in female specimens.The leukocyte of E. trinacris contains eosinophil, basophil, monocyte, heterophil and lymphocyte. The eosinophil was higherin males than in females whereas lymphocytes were higher in females than in males. The erythrocyte morphologicalparameters (EL [erythrocyte length], EW [erythrocyte width], L/W [length/width], ES [erythrocyte size]) were comparedwith the same data from Emys orbicularis s.l, and from species belonging to other chelonian genera. The erythrocyte size didnot vary within the studied Palearctic Emys taxa, whereas it proved to differ from that observed in other chelonians.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalTHE ITALIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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