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Radiological studies on endangered Mascarene fauna

  • J. E. Cooper (a1) and C. D. West (a2)


When managing small populations of endangered species, in the wild and in captivity, the premature death of even one individual may give cause for concern. The authors carried out whole-body radiographs (X-rays) on dead specimens of endangered Mascarene fauna—three species of birds, three species of reptiles and one bat species. They found skeletal problems indicating traumatic injuries and nutritional abnormalities. The authors suggest that the technique has a role to play in the investigation of deaths in populations of endangered species, and may provide information that leads to improved management of the species in question.



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Radiological studies on endangered Mascarene fauna

  • J. E. Cooper (a1) and C. D. West (a2)


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