MYCOPLASMA AGASSIZII IN THE SONORAN POPULATION OF THE DESERT TORTOISE IN ARIZONA
AuthorJones, Cristina Ann
Upper Respiratory Tract Disease
AdvisorSchwalbe, Cecil R.
Committee ChairSchwalbe, Cecil R.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractUpper Respiratory Tract Disease (URTD), caused by the pathogens Mycoplasma agassizii and M. testudineum, has been documented in the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). Although URTD was identified as a putative agent that led to federal listing of the Mojave population of the desert tortoise, little is known about this disease in the Sonoran population of the desert tortoise. The purpose of this study was to determine: 1) the prevalence of URTD across an urban gradient in Greater Tucson, Arizona, 2) the relationship between URTD and captive and free-ranging tortoises in Mohave, Maricopa, and Pima counties in Arizona, and 3) the effects of URTD on desert tortoise home range size and winter temperature selection.
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