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Marine turtles in the Southeast

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Edited by:
Edward T. LaRoe, Gaye S. Farris, Catherine E. Puckett, Peter D. Doran, and Michael J. Mac

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Abstract

Five species of marine turtles frequent the beaches and offshore waters of the southeastern United States: loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). All five are reported to nest, but only the loggerhead and green turtle do so in substantial numbers. Most nesting occurs from southern North Carolina to the middle west coast of Florida, but scattered nesting occurs from Virginia through southern Texas. The beaches of Florida, particularly in Brevard and Indian River counties, host what may be the world's largest population of loggerheads.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Marine turtles in the Southeast
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Publisher:
National Biological Service
Publisher location:
Washington, DC
Contributing office(s):
Florida Integrated Science Center
Description:
3 p.
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Monograph
Larger Work Title:
Our living resources: A report to the nation on the distribution, abundance, and health of U.S. plants, animals, and ecosystems
First page:
121
Last page:
123
Country:
United States