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1 October 2005 Identifying Characteristics of Scapteriscus spp. (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) Apparent Predators of Marine Turtle Eggs
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The leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) (Vandelli, 1761) is classified by the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) as a critically endangered species. Hatching success is as low as 35% in French Guiana, which hosts ≈40% of the worldwide nesting activity. It has recently been shown that mole crickets contribute to the destruction of the leatherbacks at the Amana Natural Reserve. The aim of this paper is to document our observations about these potential predators of marine turtles. Identification keys and sound recordings are provided for Scapteriscus didactylus (Latreille, 1804) and Scapteriscus borellii (Giglio-Tos, 1894), mole cricket species that live in French Guiana. An abundance index of the presence of juveniles and adults was developed to study mole cricket populations in turtle rookeries and promote new observations.

Alexandra Maros, Alain Louveaux, Elodie Liot, Julie Marmet, Marc Girondot, and Marc Girondot "Identifying Characteristics of Scapteriscus spp. (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) Apparent Predators of Marine Turtle Eggs," Environmental Entomology 34(5), (1 October 2005). https://doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X(2005)034[1063:ICOSSO]2.0.CO;2
Received: 14 May 2004; Accepted: 2 June 2005; Published: 1 October 2005
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