Table 3

Hematological parameters, skeletal muscle myoglobin concentrations and buffering capacities (± 1 SE) of coast and eastern moles (samples sizes are indicated in brackets)

Variable

Eastern mole

Coast mole


Hematocrit (%)

56.4 ± 1.3 (7)

46.8 ± 2.0 (11)1

Hemoglobin (g dL-1)

19.2 ± 0.7 (7)

17.4 ± 0.8 (11)1

RBC (106/mm3)

12.58 ± 0.32 (3)

10.48 (1)

MCV (μ3)

46.0 ± 1.3 (3)

42.6 (1)

MCH (pg)

15.3 ± 0.6 (3)

13.5 (1)

MCHC (g L-1)

333 ± 7 (3)

318 (1)

2,3-DPG (mM L-1 RBC)

0.45 ± 0.06 (4)

7.09 ± 0.20 (3)

Myoglobin content (mg g-1 wet tissue)

Heart

8.34 ± 0.38 (6)

9.24 ± 0.28 (7)1

Forelimb

10.98 ± 0.64 (6)

12.10 ± 0.25 (10)1

Hindlimb

8.56 ± 0.21 (6)

10.61 ± 0.56 (10)1

Buffering capacity, β (Slykes)*

Forelimb

43.86 ± 3.29 (6)

37.33 ± 2.10 (10)1

Hindlimb

44.99 ± 5.54 (6)

38.94 ± 1.77 (10)1

Plasma pH (pHe)

7.42 ± 0.01 (6)

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Intraerythrocytic pH (pHi)

7.21 ± 0.00 (6)

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Plasma osmolarity (mOsm)

333 ± 2 (6)

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Interspecific differences are significant (P < 0.05)

*1 Slyke = μmoles of base required to titrate the pH of 1 g of wet muscle by 1 pH unit

1data from [45]

Campbell et al. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010 10:214   doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-214

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