Haematology and serum biochemistry results for anaesthetised northern brown bandicoots (Isoodon macrourus) in south east Queensland

Langhorne, Charlotte and McMichael, Lee and Hoy, Julia and Kopp, Stephen and Murray, Peter ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1143-1706 (2021) Haematology and serum biochemistry results for anaesthetised northern brown bandicoots (Isoodon macrourus) in south east Queensland. Australian Veterinary Journal, 99 (9). pp. 408-411. ISSN 0005-0423


Bandicoots are terrestrial marsupials, endemic to Australia and Papua New Guinea. Despite drastic declines in several bandicoot species since European settlement, the northern brown bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus) remains common in many areas of Australia. It inhabits native environments as well as anthropogenic landscapes. This study presents comprehensive haematologic and serum biochemical results for 39 anaesthetised, clinically healthy, wild-caught, adult northern brown bandicoots in south east Queensland, Australia. The bloodwork profile of a single animal with chronic prostatic abscessation highlights that haematology and clinical chemistry can provide useful biomarkers for identifying clinical disease in bandicoots. Comparisons of haematologic and biochemical values between sexes of the northern brown bandicoot revealed significant differences for eosinophils, alkaline phosphatase and total bilirubin. At the individual animal level, the ranges established in this study are a guide for monitoring health and disease status; however, they also have much wider applications in population health and ecological research.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 24 June 2021. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Sciences (6 Sep 2019 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 02:54
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2021 02:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: bandicoot; biochemistry; clinical pathology; haematology; Isoodon
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070704 Veterinary Epidemiology
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3009 Veterinary sciences > 300905 Veterinary epidemiology
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310308 Terrestrial ecology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280101 Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/avj.13098
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43266

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