Malaclemys terrapin rhizophorarum (mangrove diamond-backed terrapin)

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MALACLEMYS TERRAPIN RHIZOPHORARUM (Mangrove Diamond-backed Terrapin). DIET. Malaclemys terrapin rhizophorarum, one of seven subspecies of M. terrapin, inhabits subtropical mangrove habitats in South Florida, USA. In temperate climates M. terrapin is largely carnivorous, feeding primarily on gastropods, bivalves, and decapod crustaceans (Tucker et. al. 1995. Herpetologica 51:167–181; Butler et. al. 2012. Chelon. Conserv. Biol. 11:124–128). In addition to its preferred prey, M. t. rhizophorarum has also been reported to consume barnacles, fish, and vegetation (Tucker et. al. 1995, op. cit.; Butler et. al. 2012, op. cit.; Tulipani 2013. Ph.D. Dissertation. The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. 224 pp.). Herein, we report observations regarding the diet of M. t. rhizophorarum from the southernmost extent of their range in the Florida Keys, USA.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Malaclemys terrapin rhizophorarum (mangrove diamond-backed terrapin)
Series title Herpetological Review
Volume 46
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Publisher location Lawrence, KS
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 426
Last page 427
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