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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075017/intrapopulation-variability-in-the-timing-of-ontogenetic-habitat-shifts-in-sea-turtles-revealed-using-%C3%AE-15-n-values-from-bone-growth-rings
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Calandra N Turner Tomaszewicz, Jeffrey A Seminoff, S Hoyt Peckham, Larisa Avens, Carolyn M Kurle
Determining location and timing of ontogenetic shifts in the habitat use of highly migratory species, along with possible intrapopulation variation in these shifts, is essential for understanding mechanisms driving alternate life histories and assessing overall population trends. Measuring variations in multi-year habitat-use patterns is especially difficult for remote oceanic species. To investigate the potential for differential habitat use among migratory marine vertebrates, we measured the naturally occurring stable nitrogen isotope (δ(15) N) patterns that differentiate distinct ocean regions to create a 'regional isotope characterization', analysed the δ(15) N values from annual bone growth layer rings from dead-stranded animals, and then combined the bone and regional isotope data to track individual animal movement patterns over multiple years...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069277/pathologies-of-the-digestive-system-caused-by-marine-debris-in-chelonia-mydas
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Hassan Jerdy, Max Rondon Werneck, Maria Aparecida da Silva, Rachel Bittencourt Ribeiro, Mariah Bianchi, Eduardo Shimoda, Eulógio Carlos Queiróz de Carvalho
The growth of human population and deficient pollution control measures pose significant challenge to the environment. Despite conservation efforts, all sea turtle species are at some risk of extinction. The present study investigated the effect of marine debris on the gastrointestinal tract of green turtles in southeastern Brazil. Of the 777 animals evaluated, 290 showed marine debris in one segment of the gastrointestinal tract. The presence of these materials in the gastrointestinal tract may be harmful, independent of the segment involved, and increases the risk of impaction...
January 6, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054446/the-influence-of-incubation-temperature-on-sea-turtle-hatchling-quality
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REVIEW
David T Booth
Since the 1980s it has been known that incubation temperature influences the sex ratio of sea turtle hatchlings emerging from their nests, and there has been much speculation on how global climate change might threaten sea turtle populations by raising nest temperatures and causing highly female biased hatchling sex ratios. More recently, studies have indicated that incubation temperature can also influence the size and locomotor performance of sea turtle hatchlings. Here I review recent studies that have explored the influence of incubation temperature on sea turtle hatchling quality in terms of hatchling morphology and locomotor performance...
January 5, 2017: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043787/-clusters-of-fusarium-solani-infection-in-juvenile-captive-born-caretta-caretta-sea-turtles
#4
M Garcia-Hartmann, C Hennequin, S Catteau, C Béatini, V Blanc
Various yeasts and filamentous fungi are described as the cause of infection in sea turtles. Among them, Fusarium solani is responsible both for superficial and invasive infection in weakened adults (capture, stranding), and wild nest contamination, causing massive losses during hatching. We illustrate the pathogenicity of this fungus in sea turtles, through our experience with the species Caretta caretta (loggerhead turtle) and its reproduction, which was obtained for the first time in 2010 at the marine park Marineland, Antibes and renewed in 2011 and 2013...
December 30, 2016: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039527/individual-level-behavioral-responses-of-immature-green-turtles-to-snorkeler-disturbance
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Lucas P Griffin, Jacob W Brownscombe, Tyler O Gagné, Alexander D M Wilson, Steven J Cooke, Andy J Danylchuk
Despite many positive benefits of ecotourism, increased human encounters with wildlife may have detrimental effects on wild animals. As charismatic megafauna, nesting and foraging sea turtles are increasingly the focus of ecotourism activities. The purpose of our study was to quantify the behavioral responses of immature green turtles (Chelonia mydas) to disturbance by snorkelers, and to investigate whether turtles have individual-level responses to snorkeler disturbance. Using a standardized disturbance stimulus in the field, we recorded turtle behaviors pre- and post-disturbance by snorkelers...
December 30, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025743/relationship-between-organochlorine-pesticides-and-stress-indicators-in-hawksbill-sea-turtle-eretmochelys-imbricata-nesting-at-punta-xen-campeche-southern-gulf-of-mexico
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Nelly Tremblay, Alejandro Ortíz Arana, Mauricio González Jáuregui, Jaime Rendón-von Osten
Data on the impact of environmental pollution on the homeostasis of sea turtles remains scarce, particularly in the Southern Gulf of Mexico. As many municipalities along the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula do not rely on a waste treatment plant, these organisms could be particularly vulnerable. We searched for relationships between the presence of organochlorine pesticides (OCP) and the level of several oxidative and pollutant stress indicators of the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) during the 2010 nesting season at Punta Xen (Campeche, Mexico)...
December 26, 2016: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009107/detection-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-montevideo-and-newport-in-free-ranging-sea-turtles-and-beach-sand-in-the-caribbean-and-persistence-in-sand-and-seawater-microcosms
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A-K Ives, E Antaki, K Stewart, S Francis, M T Jay-Russell, F Sithole, M T Kearney, M J Griffin, E Soto
Salmonellae are Gram-negative zoonotic bacteria that are frequently part of the normal reptilian gastrointestinal flora. The main objective of this project was to estimate the prevalence of non-typhoidal Salmonella enterica in the nesting and foraging populations of sea turtles on St. Kitts and in sand from known nesting beaches. Results suggest a higher prevalence of Salmonella in nesting leatherback sea turtles compared with foraging green and hawksbill sea turtles. Salmonella was cultured from 2/9 and identified by molecular diagnostic methods in 3/9 leatherback sea turtle samples...
December 23, 2016: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974518/passive-drift-or-active-swimming-in-marine-organisms
#8
Nathan F Putman, Rick Lumpkin, Alexander E Sacco, Katherine L Mansfield
Predictions of organismal movements in a fluid require knowing the fluid's velocity and potential contributions of the organism's behaviour (e.g. swimming or flying). While theoretical aspects of this work are reasonably well-developed, field-based validation is challenging. A much-needed study recently published by Briscoe and colleagues in Proceedings of the Royal Society B compared movements and distribution of satellite-tracked juvenile sea turtles to virtual particles released in a data-assimilating hindcast ocean circulation model...
December 14, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940619/-on-the-fence-versus-all-in-insights-from-turtles-for-the-evolution-of-aquatic-locomotor-specializations-and-habitat-transitions-in-tetrapod-vertebrates
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Richard W Blob, Christopher J Mayerl, Angela R V Rivera, Gabriel Rivera, Vanessa K H Young
Though ultimately descended from terrestrial amniotes, turtles have deep roots as an aquatic lineage and are quite diverse in the extent of their aquatic specializations. Many taxa can be viewed as "on the fence" between aquatic and terrestrial realms, whereas others have independently hyperspecialized and moved "all in" to aquatic habitats. Such differences in specialization are reflected strongly in the locomotor system. We have conducted several studies to evaluate the performance consequences of such variation in design, as well as the mechanisms through which specialization for aquatic locomotion is facilitated in turtles...
December 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936118/challenges-in-evaluating-the-severity-of-fibropapillomatosis-a-proposal-for-objective-index-and-score-system-for-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas-in-brazil
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Silmara Rossi, Angélica María Sánchez-Sarmiento, Ralph Eric Thijl Vanstreels, Robson Guimarães Dos Santos, Fabiola Eloisa Setim Prioste, Marco Aurélio Gattamorta, José Henrique Hildebrand Grisi-Filho, Eliana Reiko Matushima
Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is a neoplastic disease that affects marine turtles worldwide, especially green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). FP tumors can develop on the body surface of marine turtles and also internally in the oral cavity and viscera. Depending on their quantity, size and anatomical distribution, these tumors can interfere with hydrodynamics and the ability to feed, hence scoring systems have been proposed in an attempt to quantify the clinical manifestation of FP. In order to establish a new scoring system adapted to geographic regions, we examined 214 juvenile green sea turtles with FP caught or rescued at Brazilian feeding areas, counted their 7466 tumors and classified them in relation to their size and anatomical distribution...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912005/climate-change-increases-the-production-of-female-hatchlings-at-a-northern-sea-turtle-rookery
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J L Reneker, S J Kamel
The most recent climate change projections show a global increase in temperatures, along with major adjustments to precipitation, throughout the 21st century. Species exhibiting temperature-dependent sex determination are highly susceptible to such changes since the incubation environment influences critical offspring characteristics such as survival and sex ratio. Here we show that the mean incubation duration of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nests from a high-density nesting beach on Bald Head Island, North Carolina, USA has decreased significantly over the past 25 yr...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906515/development-evolving-the-origins-and-meanings-of-instinct
#12
REVIEW
Mark S Blumberg
How do migratory birds, herding dogs, and navigating sea turtles do the amazing things that they do? For hundreds of years, scientists and philosophers have struggled over possible explanations. In time, one word came to dominate the discussion: instinct. It became the catch-all explanation for those adaptive and complex abilities that do not obviously result from learning or experience. Today, various animals are said to possess a survival instinct, migratory instinct, herding instinct, maternal instinct, or language instinct...
January 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825845/trace-element-reference-intervals-in-the-blood-of-healthy-green-sea-turtles-to-evaluate-exposure-of-coastal-populations
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C A Villa, M Flint, I Bell, C Hof, C J Limpus, C Gaus
Exposure to essential and non-essential elements may be elevated for green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) that forage close to shore. Biomonitoring of trace elements in turtle blood can identify temporal trends over repeated sampling events, but any interpretation of potential health risks due to an elevated exposure first requires a comparison against a baseline. This study aims to use clinical reference interval (RI) methods to produce exposure baseline limits for essential and non-essential elements (Na, Mg, K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Mo, Cd, Sb, Ba, and Pb) using blood from healthy subadult turtles foraging in a remote and offshore part of the Great Barrier Reef...
January 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811811/harpacticoid-copepods-their-symbiotic-associations-and-biogenic-substrata-a-review
#14
Rony Huys
Members of the order Harpacticoida are primarily free-living and benthic but some lineages have adopted alternative modes of life which involve a major habitat shift or dependence on a host. Since the first discovery of a harpacticoid associated with an invertebrate host about 150 years ago, a total of 172 species, representing 84 genera and 17 families, have been shown to live in symbiotic partnership with other organisms. The steady addition of new taxa during the last 35 years testifies to the widespread and previously underestimated occurrence of symbiosis in the group...
October 11, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809394/precision-wildlife-medicine-applications-of-the-human-centred-precision-medicine-revolution-to-species-conservation
#15
Jenny Whilde, Mark Q Martindale, David J Duffy
The current species extinction crisis is being exacerbated by an increased rate of emergence of epizootic disease. Human-induced factors including habitat degradation, loss of biodiversity and wildlife population reductions resulting in reduced genetic variation are accelerating disease emergence. Novel, efficient and effective approaches are required to combat these epizootic events. Here, we present the case for the application of human precision medicine approaches to wildlife medicine in order to enhance species conservation efforts...
November 3, 2016: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800161/navigating-uncertain-waters-a-critical-review-of-inferring-foraging-behaviour-from-location-and-dive-data-in-pinnipeds
#16
REVIEW
Matt Ian Daniel Carter, Kimberley A Bennett, Clare B Embling, Philip J Hosegood, Debbie J F Russell
In the last thirty years, the emergence and progression of biologging technology has led to great advances in marine predator ecology. Large databases of location and dive observations from biologging devices have been compiled for an increasing number of diving predator species (such as pinnipeds, sea turtles, seabirds and cetaceans), enabling complex questions about animal activity budgets and habitat use to be addressed. Central to answering these questions is our ability to correctly identify and quantify the frequency of essential behaviours, such as foraging...
2016: Movement Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786797/first-record-of-fibropapillomatosis-in-a-green-turtle-chelonia-mydas-from-the-baja-california-peninsula
#17
Eduardo Reséndiz, Sergio Flores-Ramírez, Volker Koch, Amaury Cordero-Tapia
Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is characterized by multiple fibroepithelial tumors in all parts of the skin and has been reported in sea turtles worldwide. Clinically infected individuals are often emaciated and anemic. In Mexico, however, there are few records of this disease. In this study of green turtles Chelonia mydas in Laguna San Ignacio in Baja California Sur (BCS), we noted one juvenile with multifocal fibropapilloma lesions on the external upper surface of its eyes and hind flippers. Light microscopy revealed hyperkeratosis, epidermal hyperplasia, dermal papillary projections, and fibroblast proliferation...
December 2016: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27786161/characterization-of-fibropapillomatosis-in-green-turtles-chelonia-mydas-cheloniidae-captured-in-a-foraging-area-in-southeastern-brazil
#18
Alícia Bertoloto Tagliolatto, Suzana Machado Guimarães, Gisele Lobo-Hajdu, Cassiano Monteiro-Neto
Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is a multifactorial disease that affects all species of marine turtles, including green turtles Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758). It is characterised by the development of internal or external tumours that, depending on their locations and sizes, may intensely impact the health condition of sea turtles. The goal of this study was to characterise the disease in C. mydas found in a foraging area in southeastern Brazil, evaluate the prevalence in this region, and correlate presence and absence, size, body distribution, number of tumours, and disease severity with biometric variables of the captured green turtles...
October 27, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780072/sensory-matched-filters
#19
Eric J Warrant
As animals move through their environments they are subjected to an endless barrage of sensory signals. Of these, some will be of utmost importance, such as the tell-tale aroma of a potential mate, the distinctive appearance of a vital food source or the unmistakable sound of an approaching predator. Others will be less important. Indeed some will not be important at all. There are, for instance, wide realms of the sensory world that remain entirely undetected, simply because an animal lacks the physiological capacity to detect and analyse the signals that characterise this realm...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755731/biomarkers-reveal-sea-turtles-remained-in-oiled-areas-following-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill
#20
Hannah B Vander Zanden, Alan B Bolten, Anton D Tucker, Kristen M Hart, Margaret M Lamont, Ikuko Fujisaki, Kimberly J Reich, David S Addison, Katherine L Mansfield, Katrina F Phillips, Mariela Pajuelo, Karen A Bjorndal
Assessments of large-scale disasters, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, are problematic because while measurements of post-disturbance conditions are common, measurements of pre-disturbance baselines are only rarely available. Without adequate observations of pre-disaster organismal and environmental conditions, it is impossible to assess the impact of such catastrophes on animal populations and ecological communities. Here, we use long-term biological tissue records to provide pre-disaster data for a vulnerable marine organism...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
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