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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Issuance: monographic

Date Issued: 1997

Physical Form: pdf

Extent: 66 p.

Language(s): English

Summary: Because of the logistics involved with field experiments, most of what is known about effects of temperature on the nest environment of loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles has been learned in the laboratory. Until now, scientists have been forced to speculate on what effects different sands might have on temperature within the nest. Results of the present study indicate that the upper lethal temperature limit of loggerheads is between 33-35C; this temperature is more likely to be reached in larger clutches, causing high mortality and low emergence success. Furthermore, the metabolic heat of a larger clutch will be exacerbated by warmer sand types. Ranges of temperatures experienced during the middle period of incubation, not only within the clutch, but over the course of the nesting season, are both above and below the pivotal temperature for sex determination in loggerheads. Perhaps it is inappropriate to use mean beach temperatures to predict outcomes of sex ratios on various coasts. It would be more prudent to concern ourselves with predicting survivorship of a clutch using results from this field study along with beach temperatures, rather than using laboratory temperatures to predict sex ratios.

Identifier: 9780591492316 (isbn), 15459 (digitool), FADT15459 (IID), fau:12223 (fedora)

Note(s): Adviser: Peter Lutz.Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1997.

Subject(s): Biology, EcologyBiology, Zoology

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/15459

Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Cheeks, Rebecca Joan. Florida Atlantic University

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A12223



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