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"Van Vleet, Edward S."

Van Vleet, Edward S.: SEE Ames & Van Vleet, 1996; Ames et al., 1996, 2002. (detail)
Ames, Audra L.; Van Vleet, Edward S. (detail)
Organochlorine residues in the Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris.
Mar. Pollut. Bull. 32(4): 374-377. 2 tabs. 1 fig. Apr. 1996.
–Levels of chlorinated pesticides were found to be low and concentrated in the liver and kidney. Lindane residues in a perinatal manatee showed that the substance was transferred from the mother prior to birth.
Ames, Audra L.; Van Vleet, Edward S.; Sackett, William M. (detail)
The use of stable carbon isotope analysis for determining the dietary habits of the Florida manatee, Trichechus manatus latirostris.
Mar. Mamm. Sci. 12(4): 555-563. 2 tabs. 2 figs. Oct. 1996 (mailed Sept. 26, 1996).
Ames, Audra L.; Van Vleet, Edward S.; Reynolds, John E., III (detail)
Comparison of lipids in selected tissues of the Florida manatee (Order Sirenia) and bottlenose dolphin (Order Cetacea; Suborder Odontoceti).
Compar. Biochem. Physiol. Part B. Biochem. Molec. Biol. 132(3): 625-634. 2 tabs. 5 figs. July 2002.
–Reports that lipids from the zygomatic process of the squamosal bone and fat from the head region of the manatee do not contain isovaleric acid or wax esters, which are related to sound conduction in dolphins. Conduction through the porous zygomatic process is not ruled out, but if it occurs it must involve a different suite of lipids than in odontocetes. Manatee body fat does contain a significant amount of dodecanoic acid, which may possibly be useful for buoyancy or insulation.

Daryl P. Domning, Research Associate, Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560, and Laboratory of Evolutionary Biology, Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, Howard University, Washington, D.C. 20059.
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