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A Comparative Study of Nesting Atlantic and Pacific Sea Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)

Hope Smiley
Bios
Vol. 65, No. 1 (Mar., 1994), pp. 16-22
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4608241
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A Comparative Study of Nesting Atlantic and Pacific Sea Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)
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Abstract

Clutch size and carapace length were measured and compared from leatherback turtles nesting at Shell Beach, Guyana, South America, on the Atlantic coast and on Playa Grande, Costa Rica, Central America, on the Pacific coast. The purpose was to determine if physical differences warranted subspecific distinction of the two populations. Atlantic turtles had a significantly greater carapace length than the Pacific turtles. Clutch size was only slightly higher in the Guyana population than the Costa Rican population. The results do not support the putative sub-speciation of the Pacific and Atlantic leatherback populations.

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