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1 January 2014 First Record of a Caribbean Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Grazing on Invasive Seagrass (Halophila stipulacea)
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From Bonaire, we here provide the first documented case of the green turtle feeding on the invasive seagrass, Halophila stipulacea, in the Caribbean. The seagrass is rapidly invading existing seagrass meadows and altering key foraging habitat of this endangered marine reptile throughout the eastern Caribbean. We expect that more records of green turtles feeding on this invasive species will gradually follow from throughout the region and that the green turtle might alter its foraging behavior in response to the changing species composition of its foraging habitat.

Copyright 2014 College of Arts and Sciences University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Leontine E. Becking, Tineke C.J.M. van Bussel, Adolphe O. Debrot, and Marjolijn J.A. Christianen "First Record of a Caribbean Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Grazing on Invasive Seagrass (Halophila stipulacea)," Caribbean Journal of Science 48(2–3), 162-163, (1 January 2014). https://doi.org/10.18475/cjos.v48i3.a05
Published: 1 January 2014
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