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ESR 14:193-201 (2011)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00357

Green turtle nesting on Trindade Island, Brazil: abundance, trends, and biometrics

Antonio de Padua Almeida1,*, Luciana M. P. Moreira1,2, Soraya Christina Bruno3, João Carlos A. Thomé1, Agnaldo S. Martins2,4, Alan B. Bolten5, Karen A. Bjorndal5

1Projeto TAMAR-ICMBio, Cx Postal 105, Linhares, ES 29900-970, Brazil
2Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciências Biológicas. Av. Marechal Campos, 1468, Maruípe, Vitória, ES 29040-090, Brazil ³Fundação Pró-TAMAR, Av. Paulino Miller, m 1111, Jucutuquara, Vitória, ES 29040-715, Brazil
4Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Programa de Pós-graduação em Oceanografia Ambiental, Av. Fernando Ferrari, 514, Campus de Goiabeiras, Vitória, ES 29075-910, Brazil
5Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research and Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA

ABSTRACT: Green turtles Chelonia mydas nesting at Trindade Island, 1140 km off the coast of Brazil, were monitored discontinuously from 1982/83 to 2008/09. For 7 years during this period,  the majority of nesting was monitored, and the number of nests deposited on Trindade varied from 1333 to 5261. Based on these nest counts, Trindade is among the most important known Atlantic nesting sites for green turtles. The population remained stable between 1991 and 2008. Data on female body size, clutch size, internesting intervals, remigration intervals, and hatching success are also presented.


KEY WORDS: Sea turtle · Chelonia mydas · Nesting · Biometrics · Atlantic Ocean · Brazil · Trindade · Population size


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Cite this article as: Almeida AP, Moreira LMP, Bruno SC, Thomé JCA, Martins AS, Bolten AB, Bjorndal KA (2011) Green turtle nesting on Trindade Island, Brazil: abundance, trends, and biometrics. Endang Species Res 14:193-201. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00357

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