SERIAL ULTRASOUND to ESTIMATE FETAL GROWTH CURVES in SOUTHERN TAMANDUA (TAMANDUA TETRADACTYLA)

Rachel Thompson, Tiffany M. Wolf, Heather Robertson, Margarita Woc Colburn, Alexis Moreno, Anneke Moresco, Anne Elise Napier, Sally A. Nofs

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Abstract

From 2012 to 2015, 16 pregnancies were monitored by ultrasonography in nine tamanduas (Tamandua tetradactyla) housed in three zoological facilities. Sonographic measurements were recorded to establish fetal growth curves using thoracic and skull landmarks described for giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla). All pregnancies resulted in the uncomplicated delivery of healthy offspring, thus gestational development was considered normal. These data may be used as a reference for normal fetal development with potential for estimating parturition date in the absence of breeding data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-297
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

Keywords

  • Anteater
  • Tamandua tetradactyla
  • Xenarthra
  • fetal growth
  • reproduction
  • ultrasound

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