Invertebrate infestation in Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) nests, in Dalyan, Turkey

Abstract : Some invertebrates? infestation in loggerhead turtle nests, Caretta caretta, was investigated during the summer of 2008 on Dalyan İztuzu beach, Turkey. The specimens, identified to order, family or genus levels, from representing 5 orders were recorded as infesting nests of loggerhead turtles. These invertebrate groups are Pimelia sp (Tenebrionidae: Coleoptera), Muscidae (Diptera), Rhodacarellus sp. (Mesostigmata: Acari), Cryptostigmata (Acari) and Oligochaeta. We give the infestation level and effects of these invertebrate. In this study invertebrate infestation was recorded for the first time in loggerhead sea turtle nests in Dalyan İztuzu Beach. We estimate that these invertebrate groups infest the sea turtle nests in the other beaches of Turkey
Keyword : Caretta caretta, nest, invertebrate infestation, Pimelia, Dalyan beach, Turkey
Author(s) : , R. Urhan, Y. Katılmış, M. Yüksel
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