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1 May 2005 Predicted Sex Ratio of Juvenile Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles Captured near Steinhatchee, Florida
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The Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) is one of the most endangered sea turtles in the world, and it possesses temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). Sex ratios produced under TSD can vary widely and can affect the reproductive ecology of a population. Therefore, sex ratios produced from TSD are of ecological and conservation interest. The current study validated and utilized a testosterone radioimmunoassay (RIA) to examine the sex ratio of juvenile Kemp's Ridleys inhabiting the waters near Steinhatchee, Florida. Testosterone levels were measured in blood samples collected from juvenile Kemp's Ridleys captured over a three-year period. Results of this study indicate that a significant female bias (approximately 3.7:1) occurs in the aggregation of juvenile Kemp's Ridleys inhabiting the waters near Steinhatchee.

The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Alyssa A. Geis, William J. Barichivich, Thane Wibbels, Michael Coyne, Andre M. Landry, and David Owens "Predicted Sex Ratio of Juvenile Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles Captured near Steinhatchee, Florida," Copeia 2005(2), 393-398, (1 May 2005). https://doi.org/10.1643/CE-03-089R1
Accepted: 22 November 2004; Published: 1 May 2005
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