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HEMATOLOGY OF THE FLORIDA EAST COAST DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN (Malaclemys terrapin tequesta)

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Date Issued:
2020
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Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are present in brackish water along the United States’ eastern coast, ranging from Massachusetts to Texas. The Florida east coast diamondback terrapin (M. t. tequesta) is the subspecies found in the Indian River Lagoon in southeast Florida. Very little is known about this subspecies, and not much hematological work has been done with diamondback terrapins in general. Hematology can provide further insight into terrapin health. Thus, the purpose of this study is to establish baseline hematological data for M. t. tequesta using blood protein electrophoresis and a basic reptile chemistry panel. Blood samples were drawn from wild diamondback terrapins and percent cell volume calculated. The samples were then centrifuged, frozen, and delivered to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for analysis. Results from this project were compared to values established in previous studies that were conducted with the subspecies M. t. terrapin and M. t. rhizophorarum.
Title: HEMATOLOGY OF THE FLORIDA EAST COAST DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN (Malaclemys terrapin tequesta).
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Name(s): Martin, Isabella M. , author
Moore, Jon, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Thesis
Date Created: 2020
Date Issued: 2020
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 40 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are present in brackish water along the United States’ eastern coast, ranging from Massachusetts to Texas. The Florida east coast diamondback terrapin (M. t. tequesta) is the subspecies found in the Indian River Lagoon in southeast Florida. Very little is known about this subspecies, and not much hematological work has been done with diamondback terrapins in general. Hematology can provide further insight into terrapin health. Thus, the purpose of this study is to establish baseline hematological data for M. t. tequesta using blood protein electrophoresis and a basic reptile chemistry panel. Blood samples were drawn from wild diamondback terrapins and percent cell volume calculated. The samples were then centrifuged, frozen, and delivered to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for analysis. Results from this project were compared to values established in previous studies that were conducted with the subspecies M. t. terrapin and M. t. rhizophorarum.
Identifier: FA00003716 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (B.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, 2020.
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Note(s): Includes bibliography.
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