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DISEASES OF AQUATIC ORGANISMS Dis Aquat Org
 

Summary: DISEASES OF AQUATIC ORGANISMS
Dis Aquat Org
Vol. 75: 259264, 2007 Published May 9
INTRODUCTION
Vertebral anomalies have been widely documented
both from captive (e.g. Morton 1978, Alexander et al.
1989) and wild cetaceans (e.g. Slijper 1936, Cowan
1966, Barcellos 1977, De Smet 1977, Paterson 1984,
Kinze 1986, Gallo Reynoso & Tovar Aguilar 1989,
Kompanje 1995a, 1999, Sweeney et al. 2005), includ-
ing a report from the fossil record of a primitive
cetacean from the early Oligocene (Fordyce & Watson
1998). Vertebral anomalies can result from a number
of different pathogenic mechanisms, with different
implications for the morbidity of the affected indi-
viduals. Some anomalies result from degenerative
processes associated with aging (Kompanje 1995b),
whereas others result from pathological entities
and may affect young individuals, resulting in
severe functional limitations and/or even death at

  

Source: Aguirre, Windsor E. - Department of Ecology and Evolution, SUNY at Stony Brook

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine