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Pathologic findings in hatchling and posthatchling leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) from Florida.
Journal of Wildlife Diseases (2009)
  • Debra L Miller, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • J. Wyneken
  • S. Rajeev
  • J. Perrault
  • D. R. Mader
  • J. Weege
  • C. A. Baldwin
Abstract
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.
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
Debra L Miller, J. Wyneken, S. Rajeev, J. Perrault, et al.. "Pathologic findings in hatchling and posthatchling leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) from Florida." Journal of Wildlife Diseases Vol. 45 Iss. 4 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/debra_miller/26/