Volume No. 8 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 406-410 Jan-Mar 2014

 

AN ANNUAL STUDY OF STOMATOCYTES : A RED CELL ANOMALY IN THE MALE AND FEMALE FALSE VAMPIRE BAT Megaderma lyra lyra (Geoffroy)

 

Sastry M.S.* and Gaurkar Rekha

Department of Zoology, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, Maharashtra (INDIA)

 

Received on : September 15, 2013

 

ABSTRACT

 

The presence of red blood cell abnormalities can give important diagnostic clues for the well being of any species. It is important therefore, that all features of the erythrocytes be assessed including number, color, size, polychromasia, the presence of precursors, alterations in shape, inclusions, the presence of RBC parasites and arrangement. Erythrocytes can occur in many different shapes. Most of them are pathological and can be involved in diseases such as hemolytic anemias and sickle cell anemia. Stomatocytes are such types of red cells in the stained film have a linear area of pallor in the centre imparting the cell an appearance of mouth-like opening. The recorded data of stomatocytes throughout the year was in the range of 4-15% from both the sexes pointing to mild stomatocytosis. Aim of the present study points to mild stomatocytosis with similar factors for their transformation as described in the literature such a condition may mildly obstruct the peripheral circulation causing less pathogenecity.

 

Keywords : Haematology, Microchiroptera, Bat, Megaderma lyra lyra, Blood, Stomatocytes

 

 

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