Modern marine turtles belong to an ancient group of reptiles inhabiting the Earth for over 110 million years, since the Cretaceous. Marine turtles depend on both marine and terrestrial habitats for their growth and development, from high energy beaches to benthic reefs, and the open waters of the seas. All seven species of sea turtles are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Animals (IUCN 2011). The threats facing sea turtles are many, both on land and at sea, including habitat loss, predation, and human exploitation. This book examines the ecology, behavior and conservation efforts of sea turtles.
Chapter 1 (pp. 1-32) Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) Foraging on Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) Sea Turtle Eggs and Hatchlings
(Joanna Burger and Michael Gochfeld, Division of Life Sciences, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, and others)
Chapter 2 (pp. 33-52) Spatial-Temporal Distribution of Kemp's Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys kempi) and Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) Nests in a Beach of the North of Veracruz, Mexico
(Jorge E. Morales-Mávil, Laura Acela Contreras-Vega, Arturo Serrano, Jazmín Cobos-Silva, and Leonel Zavaleta-Lizárraga, Laboratorio Biología de la Conducta, Instituto de Neuroetología, Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, and others)
Chapter 3 (pp. 53-82) Spirorchiidiosis and Other Forms of Parasitosis in Sea Turtles on the Coast of Brazil
(Max Rondon Werneck, Hassan Jerdy Leandro, Eulógio Carlos Queiroz Carvalho, BW Consultoria Veterinária, Rua Ponciano Eugênio Duarte, Centro, Ubatuba, São Paulo P, Brazil, and others)
Chapter 4 (pp. 83-110) Mitigation Strategies for the Reduction of Sea Turtle Bycatch in the Mediterranean Bottom Trawl Fisheries
(Alessandro Lucchetti, Jacopo Pulcinella, Valeria Angelini, Sauro Pari, Tommaso Russo, Stefano Cataudella and Massimo Virgili, National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR), Largo Fiera della Pesca, Ancona, Italy, and others)
Chapter 5 (pp. 111-164) Marine Turtles: Conservation Strategies and Future Research
(Ohiana Revuelta, Marine Zoology Unit, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Science Park, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain)
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