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The Effect of Invertebrate Infestation on Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Nests on Kazanlı Beach, Mersın, Turkey

Cemil Aymak, Aşkın Hasan Uçar, Yusuf Katılmış, Eyup Başkale, Serap Ergene

Abstract


In this study invertebrate infestation in green turtle (Chelonia mydas) nests were recorded for the first time for Kazanlı beach, Mersin, Turkey. For this aim, in 2006 nesting season, 294 natural intact green turtle nests were sampled to examine their contents and invertebrate infestation was found in 76 (25.85% of the total sampling green turtle nests). These infested nests were examined in terms of the invertebrate faunal composition. The specimens found in the green sea turtle nests were identified to order, family or genus levels and they were represented in 5 orders. These invertebrate groups are Elater sp. larvae (Elateridae; Coleoptera), Pimelia sp. larvae (Tenebrionidae; Coleoptera), Enchytraeidae (Oligochaeta), Cyrptostigmata (Acari), Oniscidae (Isopoda), Formicidae (Hymenoptera). Elater sp. was the most common invertebrate group in the green turtle nests. According to student t test, we found statistically significant differences between 7 independent variables and invertebrate species presence. Furthermore, logistic regression analysis explained that there is a negative relationship between hatching success rate and invertebrate species presence.

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Chelonia mydas; nest; invertebrate infestation; Elater sp.; Kazanlı beach; Turkey

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2020-27-5-245-256

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