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morbidity and mortality factors in key deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium).the population health of endangered key deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium) was monitored from 10 february 1986 to 28 september 2000 by necropsy of animals that were killed by vehicles, euthanized because of terminal injuries or disease conditions, or found dead. the predominant mortality factor during the period was collision with motor vehicles; however, several infectious diseases were diagnosed, including infections with arcanobacterium pyogenes, haemonchus contortus, salmonella spp., and ...200212528433
paratuberculosis in key deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium).paratuberculosis was diagnosed in an endangered key deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium) in november 1996. between 10 april 1997 and 28 september 2000, the key deer population was monitored for infection with mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis by necropsy of available carcasses (n = 170), fecal cultures, and serology. one additional clinically affected key deer was discovered in july 1998, and m. avium subsp. paratuberculosis was cultured from the feces of one live, asymptomatic deer. ...200212528439
distribution of mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis in the lower florida keys.johne's disease, a fatal and contagious gastrointestinal infection caused by mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (map), was first diagnosed in an endangered florida key deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium) in 1996 and later in six additional key deer deaths from 1998 to 2004. we investigated the geographic distribution of map in the lower florida keys from february 2005 through may 2006 via collection of blood and fecal pellets from 51 live-captured deer, collection of 550 fecal samples ...200818689642
persistence of mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis in endangered florida key deer and key deer habitat.mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (map) was first reported in the endangered key deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium) in 1996 on big pine key, florida, usa. by 2008, eight additional map-positive key deer had been identified on big pine key and the nearby newfound harbor keys. this study was conducted to determine if map was still present in key deer and whether natural or man-made freshwater sources were contaminated with map. between november 2009 and september 2012, map was isolate ...201424506424
interisland dispersal of the black salt marsh mosquito, ochlerotatus taeniorhynchus (diptera: culicidae) in the florida keys.mark-release-recapture experiments were conducted in 2001 and 2002 to determine whether ochlerotatus taeniorhynchus, black salt marsh mosquitoes, were dispersing from uninhabited islands in the key deer national wildlife refuge to inhabited islands within monroe county, florida. an estimated 1,658,000 mosquitoes were marked during 2001, and an estimated 300,000 mosquitoes were marked during 2002. recapture rates were 0.0061% and 0.0117%, respectively. oc. taeniorhynchus disperse from uninhabited ...200617304926
seed dispersal by the florida box turtle (terrapene carolina bauri) in pine rockland forests of the lower florida keys, united states.seed dispersal by animals is one of the most important plant-animal mutualisms, but saurochory, the dispersal of seeds by reptiles, has received little attention. we investigated the role of the florida box turtle (terrapene carolina bauri) as a seed dispersal agent in pine rockland forests of the lower florida keys and examined the effect of turtle digestion on seed germination. we obtained seeds of 11 species with fleshy fruits and 2 species with non-fleshy fruits (a grass and legume) from the ...200414685845
mosquito fauna of wilderness islands within the national key deer refuge and the great white heron national wildlife refuge, monroe county, florida.dry ice-baited light traps, counts of mosquitoes biting and landing on technicians, and larval surveillance were used to determine mosquito species abundance on annette key, little knockem-down key, little pine key, raccoon key, and the water keys, all of which are located offshore, within the national key deer refuge and great white heron national wildlife refuge in monroe county, fl. due to the close proximity of these wilderness islands to the inhabited islands of the florida keys, it is impo ...201020649123
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