Evaluation of the erythroplastid component of avian blood

P. Clark, Shane R. Raidal

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Avian erythrocytes are typically nucleated; however, a small proportion of anucleated erythrocytes, termed erythroplastids, may be encountered in the peripheral blood of birds. The blood films of 77 birds, encompassing 53 species and 15 orders, were assessed to characterise the erythroplastid component. Erythroplastids were recognised in the blood of 30 birds, representing 24 species and 10 orders with the greatest concentration of 23.52 × 109/L. This study documents the presence of erythroplastids in the blood of a wide range of avian species and describes the characteristics of erythroplastids and their relationship to the erythrocyte components of blood
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1117-1123
Number of pages7
JournalComparative Clinical Pathology
Issue number4
Early online date2013
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

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