Lethal effect of latex, nitrile, and vinyl gloves on tadpoles

Cashins, Scott D., Alford, Ross A., and Skerratt, Lee F. (2008) Lethal effect of latex, nitrile, and vinyl gloves on tadpoles. Herpetological Review, 39 (3). pp. 298-301.

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Abstract

Tadpoles are studied in a variety of fi elds including husbandry, developmental physiology, toxicity testing, and basic biological and ecological research. In many instances it is necessary to use gloves when handling tadpoles or during water changes to protect the experimenter (e.g. teratology research) or to promote hygiene and prevent the transfer of pathogens between tadpoles (Retallick et al. 2006; Sobotka and Rahwan 1999). While investigating aspects of the virulent amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, we discovered that a variety of gloves can be lethal to tadpoles. We present here two case studies, one in the lab and one in the fi eld, and two experiments, all demonstrating the lethal effect of gloves on tadpoles. Following exposure to the various glove treatments, all tadpoles were categorized as either fine, listless, or dead.

Item ID: 6377
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: tropical biology; gloves; tadpoles; conservation; handling
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ISSN: 0018-084X
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010 00:22
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070706 Veterinary Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 100%
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