The home range can be further understood by examining: (1) environmental factors that are responsible for its selection, and (2) habitat use. Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) home ranges are characterized by their food abundance, distribution, and quality. The shallow water habitats of The Bahamas are important foraging sites for juvenile green turtle. The goal of this study was to determine how turtles use their home range at a tidal foraging site. I tracked turtle home range using acoustic telemetry. I conducted esophageal lavage on tracked turtles and mapped the vegetation coverage. Turtle home ranges were small, and often overlapping areas (mean ± SD= 0.64 ± 0.24 km2). Turtles consumed primarily seagrass (Thalassia testudinum), which was concentrated inside the tidal creek. This study documented the smallest recorded home ranges of juvenile green turtles and examines the combination of the effects of tide, temperature, and vegetation on green turtle home range.
|Commitee:||Anderson, Rindy, Gawlik, Dale|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Green turtle, Habitat use, Home range|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be