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Occurrence of Hawksbill Turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata (Reptilia: Cheloniidae), near the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico

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Title: Occurrence of Hawksbill Turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata (Reptilia: Cheloniidae), near the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico
Authors: Seminoff, Jeffrey A.
Nichols, Wallace J.
Resendiz, Antonio
Brooks, Louise
Issue Date: Jan 2003
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Seminoff JA, Wallace JN, Resendiz A, Brooks L. 2003. Occurrence of hawksbill turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata (Reptilia: Cheloniidae), near the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. Pac Sci 57(1): 9-16.
Abstract: From 1997 to 2001 the occurrence of hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys
imbricata) was characterized at neritic foraging habitats along the Pacific coast of
the Baja California Peninsula and in the Gulf of California, Mexico, through in-water
capture of live turtles and searches for dead carcasses. We recorded a total
of 27 hawksbill turtles: 14 (four live-captured and 10 strandings [dead turtles])
along the Pacific coast of Baja California and 13 (seven live-captured and six
strandings) in the Gulf of California. The range of straight carapace lengths for
hawksbill turtles from the Pacific and the Gulf of California was 35.4 to 52.5 cm
(mean = 42.5 cm) and 34.4 to 74.2 cm (mean = 48.0 cm), respectively. Although
hawksbills are uncommon in coastal neritic habitats near Baja California, their
continued presence indicates that this region should be included as a focus area
for future conservation efforts.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2589
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 57, Number 1, 2003



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