Notes on Juvenile Hawksbill and Green Turtles in American Samoa

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1997-01
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Grant, Gilbert S.
Craig, Peter
Balazs, George H.
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University of Hawaii Press
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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]).
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Grant GS, Craig P, Balazs GH. 1997. Notes on juvenile hawksbill and green turtles in American Samoa. Pac Sci 51(1): 48-53.
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