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Predicted sex ratio of juvenile Kemp's Ridley sea turtles captured near Steinhatchee, Florida

Copeia

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DOI:10.1643/CE-03-089R1

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Abstract

The Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) is one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world, and it possesses temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). Sex ratios produced under TSD can vary widely and can affect the reproductive ecology of a population. Therefore, sex ratios produced from TSD are of ecological and conservation interest. The current study validated and utilized a testosterone radioimmunoassay (RIA) to examine the sex ratio of juvenile Kemp's Ridleys inhabiting the waters near Steinhatchee, Florida. Testosterone levels were measured in blood samples collected from juvenile Kemp's Ridleys captured over a three-year period. Results of this study indicate that a significant female bias (approximately 3.7:1) occurs in the aggregation of juvenile Kemp's Ridleys inhabiting the waters near Steinhatchee.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Predicted sex ratio of juvenile Kemp's Ridley sea turtles captured near Steinhatchee, Florida
Series title:
Copeia
DOI:
10.1643/CE-03-089R1
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Description:
6 p.
First page:
393
Last page:
398
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N