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Haematological and biochemical reference intervals for farmed channel catfish

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The reference intervals for biochemical variables and red blood cell indices of healthy intensively bred channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus were determined. The blood variables were determined using standardized clinical methods. The reference intervals (25th and 75th percentiles) were established using a non-parametric method. Reference intervals for plasma glucose, serum total protein, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride concentration, primary and secondary red blood cell indices were established. The haematological and biochemical reference intervals established may allow important clinical decisions about channel catfish.

Keywords: Ictalurus punctatus; blood; channel catfish; haematology; reference intervals

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: Aquaculture Center and Department of Animal Pathology, FCAV/UNESP, Rod. Paulo Donato Castellane, SN, Jaboticabal, São Paulo, Brazil

Publication date: 2007-08-01

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