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1 October 2011 Epibionts Associated with the Nesting Marine Turtles Lepidochelys olivacea and Chelonia mydas in Jalisco, Mexico: A Review and Field Guide
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The diversity and frequency of epibiota collected over three years (2001, 2002, 2008) from sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea and Chelonia mydas) nesting on Teopa Beach in Jalisco State, Mexico, are described. This diversity is compared to epibiotic assemblages procured from these same turtle species nesting on other Mexican beaches, and the role these turtles play in the conservation and dispersal of these epibiota is discussed. Given the increased awareness of epibionts and the desire of many researchers to make positive identifications, specific diagnoses, photographs and a collecting protocol will serve as a basic aid to the collection and accurate identification of epibionts found on turtles living along the Pacific coast of Mexico.

© 2011 Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University.
Eric A. Lazo-Wasem, Theodora Pinou, Alejandro Peña de Niz, and Amanda Feuerstein "Epibionts Associated with the Nesting Marine Turtles Lepidochelys olivacea and Chelonia mydas in Jalisco, Mexico: A Review and Field Guide," Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 52(2), 221-240, (1 October 2011). https://doi.org/10.3374/014.052.0203
Received: 2 June 2011; Accepted: 15 July 2011; Published: 1 October 2011
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