The morphometric analysis of red blood cells of snow voles Chionomys nivalis consi- dering ecotoxicological factors
Blood is an important tissue for studying body processes and also reflects an organism’s response to environmental conditions. In this study, we focused on determining whether the size and shape of red blood cells correlates with a selection of ecotoxicological parameters found in snow voles Chionomys nivalis. The research was conducted in the High Tatra Mountains (the West Carpathians, Slovakia) in two locations: Dolina Bielych plies (2009, 2010, 2016, 2017) and Brestová (2009, 2010) between April and December, over several years. The concentration of lead found in tailbone samples and mercury found in fur samples does not appear to be significant in the determiniation of size and shape of red blood cells. Likewise, there was no correlation between the 15 elements tested (Sr, S, Cl, Mn, Mo, Ba, Fe, K, Rb, Ca, Zn, Cr, Ti, Ni, Sb) and erythrocyte morphology.
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