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31 December 2020 Long-Term Nest-Site Fidelity in the Mississippi Map Turtle, Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii
Steven Freedberg
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Abstract

Nest-site fidelity has been well-documented in turtles, but it is not known how long this behavior can persist. Nesting areas used by 153 individually marked Mississippi map turtles (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii) during 2001–2003 were compared with those used in 2019. Only 2 of 100 turtles collected in 2019 were recaptures, but these turtles returned significantly closer to their original capture location than by chance. The 17-yr interval between successive captures represents the longest record of nest-site fidelity in a freshwater turtle.

© 2020 Chelonian Research Foundation
Steven Freedberg "Long-Term Nest-Site Fidelity in the Mississippi Map Turtle, Graptemys pseudogeographica kohnii," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 19(2), 305-308, (31 December 2020). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1423.1
Received: 21 October 2019; Accepted: 8 May 2020; Published: 31 December 2020
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