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1 December 2014 Random Mate Searching: Male Sea Turtle Targets Juvenile for Mating Behavior
Junichi Okuyama, Shiro Kagawa, Nobuaki Arai
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Abstract

Here, we report an incidental observation obtained by an animal-borne video logger of courtship behavior by an adult male green turtle (Chelonia mydas) directed toward an immature green turtle. Our result hypothesized that males may select a mating partner mainly using a visual cue based on size, but without high acuity, so that they can distinguish the size of mature females from that of immature turtles. Hence, male turtles may visualize the objects moving underwater that have the similar size to a mature female turtle as a mating partner, and consequently randomly attempt to court turtles including both immature and mature turtles.

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Junichi Okuyama, Shiro Kagawa, and Nobuaki Arai "Random Mate Searching: Male Sea Turtle Targets Juvenile for Mating Behavior," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 13(2), 278-281, (1 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1086.1
Received: 17 November 2013; Accepted: 1 August 2014; Published: 1 December 2014
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