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dc.creatorCoyne, Michael Scotten_US
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dc.description.abstractFeeding ecology of green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) at South Padre Island, Texas was characterized from April 1991- March 1993. Ninety turtle captures in entanglement and cast-nets were comprised of 24 individuals from jetty habitat at Brazos Santiago Pass and 27 others over grassbed habitat of South Bay/.N4exiquita Flats. Size range of captured turtles [22.2-81.5 cm straight carapace length (SCL)] indicated that green sea turtles use the two sites as developmental habitats. Size of turtles differed significantly between sites Oetty: 22.2-47.9 cm, mean-31.3 cm SCL; grassbeds: 29.6-81.5 cm, mean-44.6 cm SCL). Comparison of food items flushed from green turtle stomachs with available forage material suggested significant feeding selectivity. Turtles from jetty environs fed strictly on algae, showing a preference for Ulvafasciata, Rhodymenia pseudopalmata, Family Ceramiaceae, Bryocladia sp., and Hypnea mu-sciformis. Grassbed turtles fed primarily on seagrasses and exhibited a preference for the least abundant taxon, Halodule wrightii. The von Bertalanffy growth interval equation was Lt = 1 13.84(l-0.960e-0.0768t). Age at maturity estimates ranged from 18 to 26 years. Highest growth rate was observed in spring and summer (0.62 and 0.64 cm/month, respectively) and lowest in winter (0. 14 cnx/month). Activity patterns varied seasonally, with increased movement during months when mean water temperature exceeded 25 C. Strong site fidelity also was observed during warmer months.en_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M Universityen_US
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dc.subjectwildlife and fisheries sciences.en_US
dc.subjectMajor wildlife and fisheries sciences.en_US
dc.titleFeeding ecology of subadult green sea turtles in south Texas watersen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US and fisheries sciencesen_US
dc.format.digitalOriginreformatted digitalen_US

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