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1 December 2008 Dispersal of Phrynops geoffroanus (Chelidae) in an Urban River in Central Brazil
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We studied dispersal of Phrynops geoffroanus in a polluted urban stream in central Brazil. Dispersal distances ranged from 0.0 to 115.0 m after 72 hours and home range size ranged from 0.04 to 0.12 ha. Turtle dispersal for adults and juveniles was accentuated in the first 3 hours with a predominantly upstream movement. Turtle size was significantly related to dispersal distance after 48 hours. Results suggest that the low dispersal rate and the small home range size reflect food supplementation provided by a polluted habitat.

Franco Leandro Souza, Josué Raizer, Higor Thiago Moreira da Costa, and Fernando Ibanez Martins "Dispersal of Phrynops geoffroanus (Chelidae) in an Urban River in Central Brazil," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 7(2), 257-261, (1 December 2008). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0698.1
Received: 23 April 2007; Accepted: 1 April 2008; Published: 1 December 2008
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