Seasonal changes of blood values in the Andean mouse Abrothrix andinus

Comp Biochem Physiol Comp Physiol. 1993 May;105(1):119-22. doi: 10.1016/0300-9629(93)90182-4.


1. Biomonthly measurements of hematological indices were conducted in freshly captured Abrothrix andinus (Rodentia:Cricetidae) over a period of one year. 2. All blood values were in the same range for adult males and females, but juveniles showed lower red blood cell counts (RBC) and erythrocytes of larger size. 3. High RBC numbers, a slight but significant increase of blood hemoglobin concentration (Hb), and a significant decrease in mean cell volume (MCV) were found during the winter months. 4. Hematocrit values (Hct) and the mean cell Hb concentration (MCHC) were relatively constant throughout the year. 5. Plasticity of MCV and an inverse correlation between size and the number of RBC may provide an enlarged diffusion area during winter. This mechanism appears to be a useful seasonal adjustment, since the increase of Hct and the concurrent increase in blood viscosity are avoided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arvicolinae / blood*
  • Body Weight
  • Cell Count
  • Erythrocyte Volume
  • Erythrocytes / cytology
  • Female
  • Hematocrit
  • Hematologic Tests
  • Hemoglobins / analysis
  • Male
  • Seasons*


  • Hemoglobins