Development of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte values in Galapagos fur seals

Horning M, Trillmich F (1997)
MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE 13(1): 100-113.

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We studied the ontogeny of hemoglobin concentration, hematocrit and erythrocyte counts in the Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis, Heller 1904 ). Two hundred and fifty-three animals were sampled between the ages of 22 d and greater than or equal to 8 yr, of which 46 were adult females. Body mass increased steadily with age from 6.1 +/- 1.2 kg in 1-mo-old pups (n = 27 ) to 28.5 +/- 3.3 kg in adult females. Even adult females increased in mass with age. Hemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit (Hct), and red blood cell (RBC) values all increased in a logarithmic fashion with age up to 2 yr. Blood values for pups were Hct: 35.5 +/- 4.1%; Hb: 12.9 +/- 1.3 g/dl; RBC: 4.1 +/- 0.3 . 10(6)/mu l. Half-year-old fur seals (Hct: 42.1 +/- 3.2%; Hb: 15.7 +/- 1.3 g/dl; RBC: 4.9 +/- 0.5 . 10(6)/mu l; n = 50) were the oldest age group to show significantly lower blood values than adult females (P < 0.001 for all three parameters ). Yearling blood values (Hct: 47.2 +/- 3.6%; Hb: 17.3 +/- 1.6 g/dl; RBC: 5.6 +/- 0.4 . 10(6)/mu l; n = 56) did not differ significantly from those of adult females (P < 0.32; P < 0.26; P < 0.23, respectively). Blood values of adult females were lower than those of 2-yr-olds (Hct: 49.6 +/- 2.4%; Hb: 18.5 +/- 1.2 g/dl; RBC: 5.7 +/- 0.3 . 10(6)/mu l; n = 31). These differences were significant only for RBCs (P < 0.003). Up to the age of 1 yr, age was the best predictor for blood values, thereafter mass needed to be a better predictor. Female juveniles between the ages of 150 and 600 d had higher blood values than same-age males. The relationship of blood value development to diving activity is briefly described and the results are compared to values of other marine mammals. Ontogeny is discussed in relation to the development of these blood values in terrestrial mammals.
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Horning M, Trillmich F. Development of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte values in Galapagos fur seals. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE. 1997;13(1):100-113.
Horning, M., & Trillmich, F. (1997). Development of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte values in Galapagos fur seals. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE, 13(1), 100-113.
Horning, M., and Trillmich, F. (1997). Development of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte values in Galapagos fur seals. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE 13, 100-113.
Horning, M., & Trillmich, F., 1997. Development of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte values in Galapagos fur seals. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE, 13(1), p 100-113.
M. Horning and F. Trillmich, “Development of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte values in Galapagos fur seals”, MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE, vol. 13, 1997, pp. 100-113.
Horning, M., Trillmich, F.: Development of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte values in Galapagos fur seals. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE. 13, 100-113 (1997).
Horning, M, and Trillmich, Fritz. “Development of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and erythrocyte values in Galapagos fur seals”. MARINE MAMMAL SCIENCE 13.1 (1997): 100-113.
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