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Marine Turtles in the Comoro Archipelago

By: J Frazier

Edita - KNAW

Paperback | Dec 1985 | #85403 | ISBN: 0444856293
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About this book

Studies in the Comoro Archipelago form part of a larger project to assess the status and distributions of sea turtles in the western Indian Ocean, an ambitious venture that still continues. The Comoro Archipelago has been little studied, and the sea turtles there have been virtually ignored by biologists. None the less, there are relatively large numbers of turtles nesting in these islands, and the adjoining shallow water areas (with some of the richest reefs in the western Indian Ocean) may provide important feeding habitats for many turtles. This illustrated report is the first detailed account of marine turtles in the Comores. Based on merely four month's observations, it is but a preliminary statement, but because follow-up studies are likely to be few - there have been none in over a decade - the results are presented in detail to facilitate future comparative studies.


Contents

General Introduction. Description of the Archipelago: Geography. Climate. Oceanography. Flora and Fauna. Political Status. Historical Summary. Ethnographic Features. Summary of the Fishery. Research History. Feeding Habitats. Nesting Habitats. Species Accounts: Chelonia Mydas (Linnaeus). Common Names in Use. Occurrence. Population Size and Structure. Movements and Migrations. Morphometrics. Growth and Size Comparisons. Scalation. Coloration. Body Condition. Feeding Habits. Breeding Biology. Nest Habitat Utilisation. Eretmochelys Imbricata (Linnaeus). Common Names in Use. Occurrence. Population Size and Structure. Movements and Migrations. Morphometrics. Size Comparisons. Scalation. Coloration. Feeding Habits. Breeding Biology. Nest Habitat Utilisation. Unidentified Species. Non-Human Predation. Human Predation. Epizoa. Habitat Degradation and Destruction. Commercial Exploitation, Past and Present. Legislative Measures, Past and Present. Reserves. Recommendations. General Summary. Acknowledgments. Literature Cited. Appendix I. Appendix II. List of Figures. Tables. Plates.

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