Haematology and serum biochemistry of three Australian desert murids: the Plains rat (Pseudomys australis), the Spinifex hopping-mouse (Notomys alexis) and the Central rock-rat (Zyzomys pedunculatus)

J. M. Old*, L. Connelly, J. Francis, K. Branch, G. Fry, E. M. Deane

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Abstract

Haematological and serum biochemical data have been collected from a total of 19 captive-bred Australian native murids (Plains rat, Spinifex hopping-mouse and Central rock-rat). These animals were maintained in a captive population at Alice Springs Desert Park (NT, Australia) and are all central desert inhabitants of Australia. They are currently listed as common, threatened and critically endangered, respectively. Given the status and size of these animals, only small sample numbers and volumes were analysed. The study, however, provides some basic haematology and serum biochemistry information for these three species and will serve as an effective management tool for assessing and monitoring the health status of individuals, particularly those in captivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalComparative Clinical Pathology
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Australian native rodent
  • Blood biochemistry
  • Central rock-rat
  • Haematology
  • Plains rat
  • Spinifex hopping-mouse

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