Seventeen biochemical constituents were assayed in the blood plasma of clinically-normal Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea). The sea lions formed part of a breeding colony which inhabits the southern coast of Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

Little variation was found in any of the values obtained from animals of different age and sex. The results were compared with values published for California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus), Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris).

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Author notes

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Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Adelaide, S.A., Australia, 5000 (Present address: Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide, S.A., Australia, 5000.).

2

655 Lower North East Road, Paradise, S.A., 5075, Australia.

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Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide, S.A., 5000, Australia.