Hematocrit and hemoglobin concentration in four chromosomal species and some isolated populations of actively speciating subterranean mole rats in Israel

R. Arieli, G. Heth, E. Nevo, D. Hoch

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Hematocrit (HCT) and hemoglobin (Hb) concentration were measured in four chromosomal species and some peripherally semi-isolated and isolated populations of the mole rat superspecies Spalax ehrenbergi in Israel. HCT was 52.0, 51.4, 50.9, and 47.8%, and Hb was 16.0, 16.6, 16.3, and 14.7 g/100 ml for 2n=52, 58, 54, and 60, respectively. The species 2n=60, which lives in arid habitats, had lower HCT and Hb than the other three species. HCT decreased as aridity increased between the species and within the species 2n=60. Changes in HCT probably reflect clinal changes in both soil permeability to gases and ambient temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-443
Number of pages3
JournalExperientia
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1986

Keywords

  • Blood
  • aridity
  • fossoriality
  • habitat selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Hematocrit and hemoglobin concentration in four chromosomal species and some isolated populations of actively speciating subterranean mole rats in Israel'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this