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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438079/potential-non-cutaneous-sites-of-chelonid-herpesvirus-5-persistence-and-shedding-in-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas
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Annie Page-Karjian, Nicole L Gottdenker, Jordyn Whitfield, Lawrence Herbst, Terry M Norton, Branson Ritchie
Chelonid herpesvirus 5 (ChHV5), the likely etiologic agent of sea turtle fibropapillomatosis (FP), is predicted to be unevenly distributed within an infected turtle, with productive virus replication and virion shedding occurring in cutaneous tumor keratinocytes. In this study, we measured and compared ChHV5 DNA quantities in tumors, skin, urine, major organs, and nervous tissue samples. These samples were taken from the carcasses of 10 juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) with and without clinical signs of FP that stranded in Florida, USA during 2014...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425423/pathology-and-molecular-analysis-of-hapalotrema-mistroides-digenea-spirorchiidae-infecting-a-mediterranean-loggerhead-turtle-caretta-caretta
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M Santoro, F Di Nocera, D Iaccarino, S P Lawton, A Cerrone, B Degli Uberti, M D'Amore, A Affuso, S Hochscheid, F Maffucci, G Galiero
Turtle blood flukes belonging to the family Spirorchiidae (Digenea) represent a major threat for sea turtle health and are considered the most important parasitic cause of turtle stranding and mortality worldwide. Despite the large diversity of spirorchiid species found globally, there are only 2 records for free-ranging Mediterranean sea turtles that date back to the late 1800s involving just Hapalotrema mistroides Monticelli, 1896. This study describes the first fatal confirmed case of spirorchiidiasis in a free-ranging Mediterranean loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta (Linnaeus) and, owing to the complexities of taxonomic identification of these parasites, provides the first molecular characterization and phylogenetic analysis of H...
April 20, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408048/distribution-pattern-of-anthropogenic-marine-debris-along-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-green-turtles-chelonia-mydas-as-implications-for-rehabilitation
#3
André S Colferai, Rodolfo Pinho Silva-Filho, Aryse Moreira Martins, Leandro Bugoni
Pollution from anthropogenic marine debris (AMD) is currently the most widely distributed and lasting anthropic impact in the marine environment, affecting hundreds of species, including all sea turtles. In this study, the patterns of AMD distribution along the gastrointestinal tract (GT) and their relationship with obstructions and faecalomas in 62 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) that died during rehabilitation in southern Brazil were determined. The GT was split in seven sections, corresponding to the natural organs and intestinal areas morphologically and physiologically distinct...
April 10, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406418/collective-poisoning-from-sea-turtle-consumption-in-mahajanga-madagascar-may-2014
#4
N G Rasamimanana, Z Z Andrianirina, F M F Razafilalaina, L M P Rakotozanany, N C Andriamalala, D Andrianarimanana, D O Tiandaza, N E Raveloson
Poisoning from eating sea turtles, medically known as chelonitoxism, is seen especially in coastal areas. It remains a public health problem in Madagascar, despite a ban on hunting these animals. The objective of this study was to describe its epidemiological and clinical aspects and outcome to improve knowledge and prevention of this type of poisoning. Chelonitoxism occurred in May 2014, affecting the population in Antsanitia, a fishing village in northwest Mahajanga, Madagascar. All patients came first to the CSB I basic health center in Antsanitia and were subsequently hospitalized at the Mahajanga CHU Pzaga, 51 in the adult emergency department and 25 in the pediatrics department...
February 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384063/stress-response-of-juvenile-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas-with-different-fibropapillomatosis-scores
#5
Marcelo Renan de Deus Santos, Paulo Dias Ferreira Júnior, Yhuri Cardoso Nóbrega, Julia Merçon, Tatiana Miura Pereira, Levy Carvalho Gomes
Green sea turtles ( Chelonia mydas ) with cutaneous fibropapillomatosis (FP) occur in some populations worldwide, and the survivability of these individuals may be compromised depending on the disease severity score. Furthermore, populations may be negatively affected in areas with a high prevalence of the disease. The stress responses (corticosterone, glucose, lactate, and hematocrit) to capture and handling were assessed in animals with different FP severity scores. From 18 January 2013 to 31 July 2014, 33 juvenile (sex was not determined) C...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378354/ecological-regime-shift-drives-declining-growth-rates-of-sea-turtles-throughout-the-west-atlantic
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Karen A Bjorndal, Alan B Bolten, Milani Chaloupka, Vincent S Saba, Cláudio Bellini, Maria A G Marcovaldi, Armando J B Santos, Luis Felipe Wurdig Bortolon, Anne B Meylan, Peter A Meylan, Jennifer Gray, Robert Hardy, Beth Brost, Michael Bresette, Jonathan C Gorham, Stephen Connett, Barbara Van Sciver Crouchley, Mike Dawson, Deborah Hayes, Carlos E Diez, Robert P van Dam, Sue Willis, Mabel Nava, Kristen M Hart, Michael S Cherkiss, Andrew G Crowder, Clayton Pollock, Zandy Hillis-Starr, Fernando A Muñoz Tenería, Roberto Herrera-Pavón, Vanessa Labrada-Martagón, Armando Lorences, Ana Negrete-Philippe, Margaret M Lamont, Allen M Foley, Rhonda Bailey, Raymond R Carthy, Russell Scarpino, Erin McMichael, Jane A Provancha, Annabelle Brooks, Adriana Jardim, Milagros López-Mendilaharsu, Daniel González-Paredes, Andrés Estrades, Alejandro Fallabrino, Gustavo Martínez-Souza, Gabriela M Vélez-Rubio, Ralf H Boulon, Jaime A Collazo, Robert Wershoven, Vicente Guzmán Hernández, Thomas B Stringell, Amdeep Sanghera, Peter B Richardson, Annette C Broderick, Quinton Phillips, Marta Calosso, John A B Claydon, Tasha L Metz, Amanda L Gordon, Andre M Landry, Donna J Shaver, Janice Blumenthal, Lucy Collyer, Brendan J Godley, Andrew McGowan, Matthew J Witt, Cathi L Campbell, Cynthia J Lagueux, Thomas L Bethel, Lory Kenyon
Somatic growth is an integrated, individual-based response to environmental conditions, especially in ectotherms. Growth dynamics of large, mobile animals are particularly useful as bio-indicators of environmental change at regional scales. We assembled growth rate data from throughout the West Atlantic for green turtles, Chelonia mydas, which are long-lived, highly migratory, primarily herbivorous mega-consumers that may migrate over hundreds to thousands of kilometers. Our dataset, the largest ever compiled for sea turtles, has 9690 growth increments from 30 sites from Bermuda to Uruguay from 1973 to 2015...
April 4, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376425/effects-of-attitudes-and-demography-on-public-support-for-endangered-species-conservation
#7
Vasilios Liordos, Vasileios J Kontsiotis, Magdalini Anastasiadou, Efstathios Karavasias
It is critical for managers to understand how attitudes and demography affect public's preferences for species protection for designing successful conservation projects. 1080 adults in Greece were asked to rate pictures of 12 endangered species on aesthetic and negativistic attitudes, and intention to support their conservation. Factor analysis identified a group of animals for which respondents indicated high levels of support for their conservation (red deer, loggerhead sea turtle, brown bear, common pheasant, European ground squirrel, glossy ibis) and a group of animals for which respondents indicated low levels of support (black vulture, great white shark, fire-bellied toad, western barbastelle, Cretan tube web spider, Milos viper)...
April 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364647/trace-elements-in-loggerhead-turtles-caretta-caretta-stranded-in-mainland-portugal-bioaccumulation-and-tissue-distribution
#8
Lídia Nicolau, Sílvia S Monteiro, Andreia T Pereira, Ana Marçalo, Marisa Ferreira, Jordi Torres, José Vingada, Catarina Eira
Pollution is among the most significant threats that endanger sea turtles worldwide. Waters off the Portuguese mainland are acknowledged as important feeding grounds for juvenile loggerheads. However, there is no data on trace element concentrations in marine turtles occurring in these waters. We present the first assessment of trace element concentrations in loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) occurring off the coast of mainland Portugal. Also, we compare our results with those from other areas and discuss parameters that may affect element concentrations...
July 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363127/tissue-uptake-distribution-and-excretion-of-brevetoxin-3-after-oral-and-intratracheal-exposure-in-the-freshwater-turtle-trachemys-scripta-and-the-diamondback-terrapin-malaclemys-terrapin
#9
Courtney C Cocilova, Leanne J Flewelling, Gregory D Bossart, April A Granholm, Sarah L Milton
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur nearly annually off the west coast of Florida and can impact both humans and wildlife, resulting in morbidity and increased mortality of marine animals including sea turtles. The key organism in Florida red tides is the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis that produces a suite of potent neurotoxins referred to as the brevetoxins (PbTx). Despite recent mortality events and rehabilitation efforts, still little is known about how the toxin directly impacts sea turtles, as they are not amenable to experimentation and what is known about toxin levels and distribution comes primarily from post-mortem data...
March 7, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363077/examining-the-preference-for-shade-structures-in-farmed-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas-and-shade-s-effect-on-growth-and-temperatures
#10
Martha Keller, Walter Mustin
The Cayman Turtle Farm raises thousands of green sea turtles ( Chelonia mydas ) annually under aquaculture conditions. Historically, the turtles have been raised in tanks without routine access to a shade structure. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of adding a shade structure on curved carapace length (CCL) and weight gain of green sea turtles. In addition, water and cloacal temperatures were compared across treatment groups and shade cover preferences observed. Ninety turtles were split equally into three treatment groups for this 8-wk study...
March 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358634/effects-of-alfaxalone-administered-intravenously-to-healthy-yearling-loggerhead-sea-turtles-caretta-caretta-at-three-different-doses
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Brianne E Phillips, Lysa P Posner, Gregory A Lewbart, Emily F Christiansen, Craig A Harms
OBJECTIVE To compare physiologic and anesthetic effects of alfaxalone administered IV to yearling loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) at 3 different doses. DESIGN Randomized crossover study. ANIMALS 9 healthy yearling loggerhead sea turtles. PROCEDURES Animals received each of 3 doses of alfaxalone (3 mg/kg [1.4 mg/lb], 5 mg/kg [2.3 mg/lb], or 10 mg/kg [4.5 mg/lb]) administered IV in randomly assigned order, with a minimum 7-day washout period between doses. Endotracheal intubation was attempted following anesthetic induction, and heart rate, sedation depth, cloacal temperature, and respirations were monitored...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333937/variability-in-age-and-size-at-maturation-reproductive-longevity-and-long-term-growth-dynamics-for-kemp-s-ridley-sea-turtles-in-the-gulf-of-mexico
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Larisa Avens, Lisa R Goshe, Lewis Coggins, Donna J Shaver, Ben Higgins, Andre M Landry, Rhonda Bailey
Effective management of protected sea turtle populations requires knowledge not only of mean values for demographic and life-history parameters, but also temporal and spatial trends, variability, and underlying causes. For endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii), the need for baseline information of this type has been emphasized during attempts to understand causes underlying the recent truncation in the recovery trajectory for nesting females. To provide insight into variability in age and size at sexual maturation (ASM and SSM) and long-term growth patterns likely to influence population trends, we conducted skeletochronological analysis of humerus bones from 333 Kemp's ridleys stranded throughout the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) from 1993 to 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331802/molecular-epidemiology-and-pathology-of-spirorchiid-infection-in-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas
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Phoebe A Chapman, Helen Owen, Mark Flint, Ricardo J Soares Magalhães, Rebecca J Traub, Thomas H Cribb, Myat T Kyaw-Tanner, Paul C Mills
Spirorchiid blood fluke infections affect endangered turtle populations globally, and are reported as a common cause of mortality in Queensland green sea turtles. Both the flukes and their ova are pathogenic and can contribute to the stranding or death of their host. Of particular interest are ova-associated brain lesions, which have been associated with host neurological deficits. Accurate estimations of disease frequency and the relative effect of infection relating to different spirorchiid species are made difficult by challenges in morphological identification of adults of some genera, and a lack of species-level identifying features for ova...
April 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306747/hypothermic-stunning-of-green-sea-turtles-in-a-western-gulf-of-mexico-foraging-habitat
#14
Donna J Shaver, Philippe E Tissot, Mary M Streich, Jennifer Shelby Walker, Cynthia Rubio, Anthony F Amos, Jeffrey A George, Michelle R Pasawicz
Texas waters provide one of the most important developmental and foraging habitats for juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the western Gulf of Mexico, but hypothermic stunning is a significant threat and was the largest cause of green turtle strandings in Texas from 1980 through 2015; of the 8,107 green turtles found stranded, 4,529 (55.9%) were victims of hypothermic stunning. Additionally, during this time, 203 hypothermic stunned green turtles were found incidentally captured due to power plant water intake entrapment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296279/an-immunohistochemical-approach-to-identify-the-sex-of-young-marine-turtles
#15
Boris M Tezak, Kathleen Guthrie, Jeanette Wyneken
Marine turtles exhibit temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). During critical periods of embryonic development, the nest's thermal environment directs whether an embryo will develop as a male or female. At warmer sand temperatures nests tend to produce female-biased sex ratios. The rapid increase of global temperature highlights the need for a clear assessment of its effects on sea turtle sex ratios. However, estimating hatchling sex ratios at rookeries remains imprecise due to the lack of sexual dimorphism in young marine turtles...
March 13, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295579/estimating-freshwater-turtle-mortality-rates-and-population-declines-following-hook-ingestion
#16
David A Steen, Orin J Robinson
Freshwater turtle populations are susceptible to declines following small increases in the mortality of adults, making it essential to identify and understand potential threats. Recent research has used x-ray technology to reveal that freshwater turtles ingest fish hooks associated with recreational angling; this is concerning because hook ingestion is a known source of additive mortality for sea turtles. We used a Bayesian-modeling framework, observed rates of freshwater turtle hook ingestion, and information from sea turtles to estimate there is a 1...
March 15, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267875/loggerhead-sea-turtle-embryos-caretta-caretta-regulate-expression-of-stress-response-and-developmental-genes-when-exposed-to-a-biologically-realistic-heat-stress
#17
Blair P Bentley, Brian J Haas, Jamie N Tedeschi, Oliver Berry
Oviparous reptile embryos are expected to breach their critical thermal maxima if temperatures reach those predicted under current climate change models due to the lack of the maternal buffering processes and parental care. Heat-shock proteins (HSPs) are integral in the molecular response to thermal stress, and their expression is heritable, but the roles of other candidate families such as the heat-shock factors (HSFs) have not been determined in reptiles. Here, we subject embryonic sea turtles (Caretta caretta) to a biologically realistic thermal stress and employ de novo transcriptomic profiling of brain tissue to investigate the underlying molecular response...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249020/the-use-of-mesoscale-eddies-by-juvenile-loggerhead-sea-turtles-caretta-caretta-in-the-southwestern-atlantic
#18
Peter Gaube, Caren Barceló, Dennis J McGillicuddy, Andrés Domingo, Philip Miller, Bruno Giffoni, Neca Marcovaldi, Yonat Swimmer
Marine animals, such as turtles, seabirds and pelagic fishes, are observed to travel and congregate around eddies in the open ocean. Mesoscale eddies, large swirling ocean vortices with radius scales of approximately 50-100 km, provide environmental variability that can structure these populations. In this study, we investigate the use of mesoscale eddies by 24 individual juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Brazil-Malvinas Confluence region. The influence of eddies on turtles is assessed by collocating the turtle trajectories to the tracks of mesoscale eddies identified in maps of sea level anomaly...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238183/associations-between-trace-elements-and-clinical-health-parameters-in-the-north-pacific-loggerhead-sea-turtle-caretta-caretta-from-baja-california-sur-mexico
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César Paúl Ley-Quiñónez, Natalia Alejandra Rossi-Lafferriere, Teresa Leticia Espinoza-Carreon, Catherine Edwina Hart, Sherwood Hoyt Peckham, Alfredo Alonso Aguirre, Alan Alfredo Zavala-Norzagaray
This study investigated selected trace elements toxicity in sea turtles Caretta caretta population from Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico, by analyzing associations among Zn, Se, Cu, As, Cd, Ni, Mn, Pb, and Hg with various biochemical parameters (packed cell volume, leukocytes, and selected blood parameters), and whether their concentrations could have an impact on the health status of sea turtles. Blood samples from 22 loggerhead (C. caretta) sea turtles from BCS, Mexico, were collected for trace elements on biochemistry parameter analyses...
February 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219019/inferring-physiological-energetics-of-loggerhead-turtle-caretta-caretta-from-existing-data-using-a-general-metabolic-theory
#20
Nina Marn, S A L M Kooijman, Marko Jusup, Tarzan Legović, Tin Klanjšček
Loggerhead turtle is an endangered sea turtle species with a migratory lifestyle and worldwide distribution, experiencing markedly different habitats throughout its lifetime. Environmental conditions, especially food availability and temperature, constrain the acquisition and the use of available energy, thus affecting physiological processes such as growth, maturation, and reproduction. These physiological processes at the population level determine survival, fecundity, and ultimately the population growth rate-a key indicator of the success of conservation efforts...
May 2017: Marine Environmental Research
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