Haematology and blood chemistry of Cebus apella in relation to sex and age

M. Cristina Riviello, Annarita Wirz

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An effective health care program entails the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical problems. A knowledge of baseline values in clinically normal individuals is essential for determining the limits between good health and disease and for understanding the changes produced by pathogenic agents. However, very little information is currently available concerning the blood chemistry and haematological values of different species of monkeys, particularly new-world primates. The values of some haematological and chemical parameters in Cebus apella were determined. The aim of the present work was to verify the effect of age and sex on normal blood values. Blood samples were collected once a year for two successive years from 36 monkeys living in large captive social groups. Significant differences between males and females were found for AST, GGT, urea nitrogen and creatinine, erythrocytes, haemoglobin and haematocrit. Significant differences between juveniles and adults were found for calcium, AST, alkaline phosphatase, inorganic phosphorus, glucose, neutrophils, lymphocytes and serum protein parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-312
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Primatology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Animal welfare
  • Blood chemistry values
  • Capuchin monkey
  • Reference ranges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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