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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031945/assessing-colour-preference-in-aldabra-giant-tortoises-geochelone-gigantea
#1
Caterina Spiezio, Carola Leonardi, Barbara Regaiolli
Tortoises perceive different colours and rely on the visual system to find food. However, few studies have considered colour preference in tortoises, especially in land species. The aim of this study is to investigate whether Aldabra giant tortoises (Geochelone gigantea) housed in Parco Natura Viva (VR), an Italian zoological garden, show a specific colour preference in their social context. The study was divided into two different periods in which red and yellow balls of the same size were scattered around in the outdoor enclosure...
October 12, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975528/effects-of-military-activity-and-habitat-quality-on-dna-damage-and-oxidative-stress-in-the-largest-population-of-the-federally-threatened-gopher-tortoise
#2
Christopher W Theodorakis, S Marshall Adams, Chandra Smith, Jamie Rotter, Ashley Hay, Joy Eslick
Department of Defense lands are essential for providing important habitat for threatened, endangered, and at-risk species (TER-S). However, there is little information on the effects of military-related contaminants on TER-S on these lands in field situations. Thus, this study examined genotoxicity and oxidative stress in gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) on Camp Shelby, MS-the largest known population of this species, which is listed as an "endangered species" in Mississippi and a "threatened species" by the U...
October 3, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950002/free-living-and-captive-turtles-and-tortoises-as-carriers-of-new-chlamydia-spp
#3
Agata Mitura, Krzysztof Niemczuk, Kinga Zaręba, Magdalena Zając, Karine Laroucau, Monika Szymańska-Czerwińska
A variety of Chlamydia species belonging to the Chlamydiaceae family have been reported in reptilian hosts but scarce data about their occurrence in turtles and tortoises are available. In this study, research was conducted to acquire information on invasive alien species (IAS) of turtles and indigenous turtles and tortoises, living both free and in captivity, as possible reservoirs of Chlamydiaceae. Analysis of specimens (pharyngeal and cloacal swabs and tissues) from 204 turtles and tortoises revealed an overall Chlamydiaceae prevalence of 18...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934299/a-novel-copro-diagnostic-molecular-method-for-qualitative-detection-and-identification-of-parasitic-nematodes-in-amphibians-and-reptiles
#4
Lucas G Huggins, Christopher J Michaels, Sheena M Cruickshank, Richard F Preziosi, Kathryn J Else
Anthropogenic disturbance via resource acquisition, habitat fragmentation and climate change, amongst other factors, has led to catastrophic global biodiversity losses and species extinctions at an accelerating rate. Amphibians are currently one of the worst affected classes with at least a third of species categorised as being threatened with extinction. At the same time, they are also critically important for many habitats and provide man with a powerful proxy for ecosystem health by acting as a bioindicator group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910262/work-minimization-accounts-for-footfall-phasing-in-slow-quadrupedal-gaits
#5
James R Usherwood, Zoe T Self Davies
Quadrupeds, like most bipeds, tend to walk with an even left/right footfall timing. However, the phasing between hind and forelimbs shows considerable variation. Here, we account for this variation by modeling and explaining the influence of hind-fore limb phasing on mechanical work requirements. These mechanics account for the different strategies used by: (1) slow animals (a group including crocodile, tortoise, hippopotamus and some babies); (2) normal medium to large mammals; and (3) (with an appropriate minus sign) sloths undertaking suspended locomotion across a range of speeds...
September 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904779/discriminating-patterns-and-drivers-of-multiscale-movement-in-herpetofauna-the-dynamic-and-changing-environment-of-the-mojave-desert-tortoise
#6
Giancarlo Sadoti, Miranda E Gray, Matthew L Farnsworth, Brett G Dickson
Changes to animal movement in response to human-induced changes to the environment are of growing concern in conservation. Most research on this problem has focused on terrestrial endotherms, but changes to herpetofaunal movement are also of concern given their limited dispersal abilities and specialized thermophysiological requirements. Animals in the desert region of the southwestern United States are faced with environmental alterations driven by development (e.g., solar energy facilities) and climate change...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904401/identification-of-genetically-important-individuals-of-the-rediscovered-floreana-gal%C3%A3-pagos-giant-tortoise-chelonoidis-elephantopus-provide-founders-for-species-restoration-program
#7
Joshua M Miller, Maud C Quinzin, Nikos Poulakakis, James P Gibbs, Luciano B Beheregaray, Ryan C Garrick, Michael A Russello, Claudio Ciofi, Danielle L Edwards, Elizabeth A Hunter, Washington Tapia, Danny Rueda, Jorge Carrión, Andrés A Valdivieso, Adalgisa Caccone
Species are being lost at an unprecedented rate due to human-driven environmental changes. The cases in which species declared extinct can be revived are rare. However, here we report that a remote volcano in the Galápagos Islands hosts many giant tortoises with high ancestry from a species previously declared as extinct: Chelonoidis elephantopus or the Floreana tortoise. Of 150 individuals with distinctive morphology sampled from the volcano, genetic analyses revealed that 65 had C. elephantopus ancestry and thirty-two were translocated from the volcano's slopes to a captive breeding center...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892557/the-basis-of-differences-in-thermodynamic-efficiency-among-skeletal-muscles
#8
C J Barclay
Muscles convert chemical free energy into mechanical work. The energy conversion occurs in two steps. First, free energy obtained from oxidation of metabolic substrates (ΔGS ) is transferred to ATP and, second, free energy from ATP hydrolysis (ΔGATP ) is converted into work by myosin cross-bridges. The fraction of ΔGS transferred to ATP is called mitochondrial efficiency (ηM ) and the fraction of ΔGATP converted into work is called cross-bridge efficiency (ηCB ). Overall cross-bridge efficiency varies among muscles from ~20% and 35% and the analysis presented in the current studies shows that this variation is largely due to differences in ηCB whereas ηM is similar (~80%) in all the muscles assessed...
September 11, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888695/characterization-of-seasonal-reproductive-and-stress-steroid-hormones-in-wild-radiated-tortoises-astrochelys-radiata
#9
Andrea F T Currylow, Tsilavo H Rafeliarisoa, Edward E Louis, Craig B Stanford, Soary T Randrianjafizanaka, Sarah M Chinn, Daniel E Crocker
The critically endangered Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is endemic to the southern coastlines of Madagascar. Once common, wild populations of this tortoise have undergone dramatic declines in recent years. Although there have been studies documenting reproductive activities, reproductive physiological parameters are unknown yet may be crucial in the recovery of the species. Over four research seasons in remote field locations native to A. radiata, we surveyed for, radio-tracked, and sampled wild, free ranging tortoises...
September 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835840/coupling-gene-based-and-classic-veterinary-diagnostics-improves-interpretation-of-health-and-immune-function-in-the-agassiz-s-desert-tortoise-gopherus-agassizii
#10
K Kristina Drake, Lizabeth Bowen, Rebecca L Lewison, Todd C Esque, Kenneth E Nussear, Josephine Braun, Shannon C Waters, A Keith Miles
The analysis of blood constituents is a widely used tool to aid in monitoring of animal health and disease. However, classic blood diagnostics (i.e. hematologic and plasma biochemical values) often do not provide sufficient information to determine the state of an animal's health. Field studies on wild tortoises and other reptiles have had limited success in drawing significant inferences between blood diagnostics and physiological and immunological condition. However, recent research using gene transcription profiling in the threatened Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) has proved useful in identifying immune or physiologic responses and overall health...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813439/comparative-ecophysiology-of-a-critically-endangered-cr-ectotherm-implications-for-conservation-management
#11
Andrea F T Currylow, Angelo Mandimbihasina, Paul Gibbons, Ernest Bekarany, Craig B Stanford, Edward E Louis, Daniel E Crocker
Captive breeding is a vital conservation tool for many endangered species programs. It is often a last resort when wild animal population numbers drop to below critical minimums for natural reproduction. However, critical ecophysiological information of wild counterparts may not be well documented or understood, leading to years of minimal breeding successes. We collected endocrine and associated ecological data on a critically endangered ectotherm concurrently in the wild and in captivity over several years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794959/cutaneous-lesions-due-to-trichosporon-jirovecii-in-a-tortoise-testudo-hermanni
#12
Simona Nardoni, Marco Salvadori, Alessandro Poli, Guido Rocchigiani, Francesca Mancianti
Cutaneous mycoses have been rarely reported in Chelonians. A Testudo hermanni adult male showed a thick erosion of the dorsal neck covered by necrotic material. Trichosporon sp. was cultivated, while arthrospores and hyphae were observed in histological sections. The causative agent was identified as Trichosporon jirovecii by PCR. After a surgical intervention povidone iodine and Iruxol® ointment were daily administered through the drainage for 2 weeks, along with enrofloxacin 5 mg diluted in saline 0.5 ml via the intracelomatic route...
December 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754240/resolution-of-the-enigmatic-phylogenetic-relationship-of-the-critically-endangered-western-swamp-tortoise-pseudemydura-umbrina-pleurodira-chelidae-using-a-complete-mitochondrial-genome
#13
Xiuwen Zhang, Peter J Unmack, Gerald Kuchling, Yinan Wang, Arthur Georges
Pseudemydura umbrina is one of the most endangered turtle species in the world, and the imperative for its conservation is its distinctive morphology and relict status among the Chelidae. We use Illumina sequencing to obtain the complete mitogenome for resolving its uncertain phylogenetic position. A novel nuclear paralogue confounded the assembly, and resolution of the authentic mitogenome required further Sanger sequencing. The P. umbrina mitogenome is 16,414bp comprising 37 genes organized in a conserved pattern for other vertebrates...
July 25, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754074/detection-of-mycoplasma-spp-herpesviruses-topiviruses-and-ferlaviruses-in-samples-from-chelonians-in-europe
#14
Ekaterina Kolesnik, Anna Obiegala, Rachel E Marschang
We tested samples from 1,015 chelonians in Europe for Mycoplasma spp., herpesviruses, ranaviruses, picornaviruses, and ferlaviruses by PCR. Mycoplasma spp. were detected in 42.1% and herpesviruses were detected in 8.0% of tested chelonians. Differentiation of the herpesviruses revealed that 46.9% of the detected chelonian viruses were testudinid herpesvirus 1 (TeHV-1) and 54.3% were TeHV-3, including co-detections of TeHV-1 and -3 in 3 tortoises. TeHV-4 was detected in a leopard tortoise ( Stigmochelys pardalis), and a herpesvirus that could not be further characterized was found in a pond slider ( Trachemys scripta)...
November 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749291/detection-of-intranuclear-coccidiosis-in-tortoises-in-europe-and-china
#15
Ekaterina Kolesnik, Janosch Dietz, Kim O Heckers, Rachel E Marschang
Intranuclear coccidiosis of tortoises (TINC) has been described in association with systemic disease in various species of tortoises. TINC has been detected in numerous tortoises from the United States, but there are only a few reports from tropical tortoises in Germany and no reports from Asia. Using a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay, samples from 1,011 tortoises were screened for the presence of TINC. Samples originated from animals kept in captivity in Europe and in China. Coccidia were detected in a total of 27 chelonians (2...
June 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749259/management-of-pododermatitis-with-an-orthotic-boot-in-a-southern-isabela-giant-tortoise-chelonoidis-vicina
#16
Lynnette Waugh, Jennifer D'Agostino, Gretchen A Cole, Alicia Hahn, Jonathan D Day
A 62-yr-old male Southern Isabela giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vicina) had a 1-yr history of chronic, reoccurring pododermatitis on the palmar surface of the left forelimb. Aggressive wound management was instituted and included surgical debridement, vacuum-assisted closure, and orthotic boot support during healing. A custom fabricated, carbon fiber clamshell Charcot Restraint Orthotic Walker walking boot was utilized to reduce focal pressure over the wound during weight bearing and promote a more normal gait...
June 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727747/plant-species-dispersed-by-galapagos-tortoises-surf-the-wave-of-habitat-suitability-under-anthropogenic-climate-change
#17
Diego Ellis-Soto, Stephen Blake, Alaaeldin Soultan, Anne Guézou, Fredy Cabrera, Stefan Lötters
Native biodiversity on the Galapagos Archipelago is severely threatened by invasive alien species. On Santa Cruz Island, the abundance of introduced plant species is low in the arid lowlands of the Galapagos National Park, but increases with elevation into unprotected humid highlands. Two common alien plant species, guava (Psidium guajava) and passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) occur at higher elevations yet their seeds are dispersed into the lowlands by migrating Galapagos tortoises (Chelonoidis spp.). Tortoises transport large quantities of seeds over long distances into environments in which they have little or no chance of germination and survival under current climate conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702802/morphological-ultrastructural-and-molecular-characterization-of-intestinal-tetratrichomonads-isolated-from-non-human-primates-in-southeastern-brazil
#18
Caroline Spitz Dos Santos, Vera Lúcia Teixeira de Jesus, Douglas McIntosh, Caroline Cunha Carreiro, Lilian Cristina Oliveira Batista, Bruno do Bomfim Lopes, Daniel Marchesi Neves, Carlos Wilson Gomes Lopes
Non-human primates are our closest relatives and represent an interesting model for comparative parasitological studies. However, research on this topic particularly in relation to intestinal parasites has been fragmentary and limited mainly to animals held in captivity. Thus, our knowledge of host-parasite relationships in this species-rich group of mammals could be considered rudimentary. The current study combined morphological, ultrastructural, and molecular analyses to characterize isolates of intestinal tetratrichomonads recovered from the feces of three species of South American, non-human primates...
July 13, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642457/human-mediated-secondary-contact-of-two-tortoise-lineages-results-in-sex-biased-introgression
#19
Eva Graciá, Roberto C Rodríguez-Caro, Ana C Andreu, Uwe Fritz, Andrés Giménez, Francisco Botella
Human-mediated secondary contact of recently diverged taxa offers valuable opportunities for studying the evolutionary mechanisms involved in the establishment and maintenance of genetic boundaries between taxa. We used mitochondrial and microsatellite markers to examine a recently introduced population of the spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca) of mixed origin in the Doñana National Park (SW Spain). The earliest records of tortoises in Doñana trace back to the 18th century, but several population reinforcements in the 20th century with animals from Morocco are well-documented...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629961/tortoises-in-front-of-mirrors-brain-asymmetries-and-lateralized-behaviours-in-the-tortoise-testudo-hermanni
#20
Valeria Anna Sovrano, Caterina Quaresmini, Gionata Stancher
Brain lateralization in response to social stimuli is well known for its involvement of the right hemisphere in several vertebrate species, including humans. This study aimed to investigate the laterality of the social behavior during the mirror-images inspection in tortoises (Testudo hermanni). In a rectangular apparatus, in presence or in absence of two mirrors as the longer walls, we assessed: 1) the animal's position and 2) the monocular viewing compared to the longer walls, 3) the paw used to start a movement from a resting position...
June 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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