Loggerhead Sea Turtles

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Sea turtles have been the focus of research and intense conservation efforts for decades and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, currently listed as a threatened species, is arguably one of the best studied of the seven species. Loggerhead Sea Turtles brings together, for the first time, international experts to synthesize the knowledge of Loggerhead biology and conservation and sets the stage for future ecological, biological, and conservation research. Highly detailed coverage includes diet, growth, nesting, migration, ...
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Overview

Sea turtles have been the focus of research and intense conservation efforts for decades and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, currently listed as a threatened species, is arguably one of the best studied of the seven species. Loggerhead Sea Turtles brings together, for the first time, international experts to synthesize the knowledge of Loggerhead biology and conservation and sets the stage for future ecological, biological, and conservation research. Highly detailed coverage includes diet, growth, nesting, migration, habitat selection, and conservation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588341365
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,465,959
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan B. Bolten is a research professor at the University of Florida, Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research. Blair E. Witherington is a sea turtle research biologist with the State of Florida.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
List of Contributors ix
Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Conventions xv
Introduction: The Loggerhead Sea Turtle--A Most Excellent Fishe 1
Part 1 Biology and Ecology 5
Chapter 1 What Is a Loggerhead Turtle? The Genetic Perspective 7
Chapter 2 What Is a Loggerhead Turtle? The Morphological Perspective 28
Chapter 3 Orientation Mechanisms of Hatchling Loggerheads 44
Chapter 4 Active Swimmers--Passive Drifters: The Oceanic Juvenile Stage of Loggerheads in the Atlantic System 63
Chapter 5 Ecology of Immature Loggerheads on Foraging Grounds and Adults in Internesting Habitat in the Eastern United States 79
Chapter 6 Biology of the Loggerhead Turtle in Western South Pacific Ocean Foraging Areas 93
Chapter 7 Nesting Patterns, Reproductive Migrations, and Adult Foraging Areas of Loggerhead Turtles 114
Chapter 8 Nest Site Selection, Oviposition, Eggs, Development, Hatching, and Emergence of Loggerhead Turtles 125
Chapter 9 Incubation Environment of Loggerhead Turtle Nests: Effects on Hatching Success and Hatchling Characteristics 144
Part 2 Geographic Distribution, Abundance, and Population Status 155
Chapter 10 Loggerhead Turtles in the Atlantic Ocean: Geographic Distribution, Abundance, and Population Status 157
Chapter 11 Loggerhead Turtles in the Mediterranean Sea: Present Knowledge and Conservation Perspectives 175
Chapter 12 Loggerhead Turtles in the Equatorial and Southern Pacific Ocean: A Species in Decline 199
Chapter 13 Loggerhead Turtles Nesting in Japan
Chapter 14 Loggerhead Turtles in the Indian Ocean 218
Part 3 Syntheses 233
Chapter 15 Roles of Loggerhead Sea Turtles in Marine Ecosystems 235
Chapter 16 Population Models for Atlantic Loggerheads: Past, Present, and Future 255
Chapter 17 Stochastic Simulation Modeling of Loggerhead Population Dynamics Given Exposure to Competing Mortality Risks in the Western South Pacific 274
Chapter 18 Biological Conservation of Loggerheads: Challenges and Opportunities 295
Index 313
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