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Ruptured-Yolk Peritonitis and Organochlorine Residues in a Royal Tern
Lawrence J. Blus, Louis N. Locke and Charles J. Stafford
Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1977), pp. 445-447
Published by: American Association of Avian Pathologists
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1589330
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Ruptured-yolk peritonitis was responsible for the death of a royal tern. Lodgment of eggs in the oviduct was probably due to reverse peristalsis brought about by breakage of the thin-shelled eggs and secondary bacterial infection. The thin shells were apparently not related to the low levels of DDE and other organochlorine pollutants found in tissues and egg contents.
Avian Diseases © 1977 American Association of Avian Pathologists