Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorSonderman, Kimberly Annette Freemal
dc.date.accessioned2015-04-24T04:30:20Z
dc.date.available2015-04-24T04:30:20Z
dc.date.issued2014-08
dc.identifier.othersonderman_kimberly_a_201408_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/sonderman_kimberly_a_201408_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/31310
dc.description.abstractGopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) are a long-lived terrestrial tortoise endemic to the southeastern United States. Due to habitat loss and human intervention, they are one of the most translocated species. It is not clear as to the impact that disease or parasites have on populations and few long-term studies have been conducted to monitor the health status of gopher tortoises. The overall goal of this study was to contribute to the baseline health parameters of the species by establishing blood reference values (n = 145) and by evaluating the prevalence of haemogregarines (Apicomplexa: Adeleorina), an intraerythrocytic protozoan parasite, in a translocated population of tortoises on St Catherines Island, Georgia. Based on blood smears and ectoparasite data from 22 adults and 12 juveniles, 86% and 0%, respectively, which leads us to believe that tortoises hatched on the island have not been exposed to the potential vector, Amblyomma turberculatum.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectGopherus polyphemus
dc.subjectBiochemistry
dc.subjectHematology
dc.subjectHaemagregarine
dc.titlePlasma biochemistry, hematology, and blood parasites of a translocated population of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) from Georgia
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorMichael Yabsley
dc.description.committeeMichael Yabsley
dc.description.committeeTerry Norton
dc.description.committeeSonia Hernandez


Files in this item

FilesSizeFormatView

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record