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Item Description Niethammer, Kenneth R. en_US Balazs, George H. en_US Hatfield, Jeff S. en_US Nakai, Glynnis L. en_US Megyesu, Jennifer L. en_US 2008-10-25T03:32:49Z 2008-10-25T03:32:49Z 1997-01 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Niethammer KR, Balazs GH, Hatfield JS, Nakai GL, Megyesi JL. 1997. Reproductive biology of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) at Tern Island, French Frigate Shoals, Hawai'i. Pac Sci 51(1): 36-47. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.description.abstract We monitored nesting of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas Linnaeus) on Tern Island, French Frigate Shoals, in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands from 1986 through 1991. Egg oviposition occurred between 26 April and 20 October. Nesting peaked between mid-June and early August. Hatchlings emerged between 8 July and 27 December. Hatchling emergence peaked between mid-August and early October. Mean incubation period was 66.0 (range 53-97) days. Mean clutch size was 92.4 (range 33-150) eggs. Mean hatching success was 78.6% when averaged over success of individual nests and 81.1% when calculated as percentage of total number of eggs. Natural hatchling emergence was 71.1 %, based on percentage of total number of eggs. Live and dead hatchlings were found when nests were excavated and accounted for 10.0% of the eggs. Incubation periods tended to be longer in early and late portions of the season than in midseason, and incubation periods tended to decrease the farther inland the nest was situated from the high tide line. Maximum hatching success occurred at an incubation length of 66.7 days. Other trends indicated that nesting peaked near 5 July when conditions produced a near optimal incubation period for yielding maximum hatching success. en_US
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dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.title Reproductive Biology of the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) at Tern Island, French Frigate Shoals, Hawai'i en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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