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Notes on Juvenile Hawksbill and Green Turtles in American Samoa

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Title:Notes on Juvenile Hawksbill and Green Turtles in American Samoa
Authors:Grant, Gilbert S.
Craig, Peter
Balazs, George H.
Date Issued:Jan 1997
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Grant GS, Craig P, Balazs GH. 1997. Notes on juvenile hawksbill and green turtles in American Samoa. Pac Sci 51(1): 48-53.
Abstract:Both hawksbill [Eretmochelys imbricata (L.)] and green turtles [Chelonia
mydas (L.)] occur in American Samoa. Three distinct size classes were encountered
in the region in both species: hatchlings <5 cm in length, juveniles 30-70
cm long, and adult females ≥77.5 cm long. Recaptures of flipper-tagged juvenile
hawksbill turtles demonstrated short-distance homing movements and high growth
rates (4.5 cm/yr CCL [curve of the carapace length]).
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 51, Number 1, 1997

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