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1 December 2015 The Black Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas agassizii) at Lobos de Tierra Island, Northern Peru: High Densities in Small Areas
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Preliminary findings regarding black turtle (Chelonia mydas agassizii) occurrence in Lobos de Tierra Island, Northern Peru showed that 95% and 5% of turtles were juveniles and sub-adults, respectively, with an overall mean curved carapace length of 57.5 ± 7 cm (26.0–74.4 cm, n = 199). A total mean density of 180.4 turtles/km2 was found with highest densities found in bays and inlets located in the southeast. Inshore densities in shallow waters (< 1.5 m) were almost one order of magnitude greater than offshore at ∼ 1.5 km. In addition, based on structured qualitative interviews with fishermen, sea turtle capture and consumption still exists in the island, though occasional and sporadic. Jellyfish (Chrysaora plocamia) and green algae (Ulva sp.) consumption plays an important role in black turtle aggregations in the island, where densities are quite high compared to other feeding grounds elsewhere. We conclude that Lobos de Tierra constitutes an important Peruvian feeding ground, with high black turtle aggregations, close to the northern limit of the cold Humboldt Current.

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Javier Quiñones, Ignacio García-Godos, Miguel Llapapasca, Francis Van Ordt, and Evelyn Paredes "The Black Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas agassizii) at Lobos de Tierra Island, Northern Peru: High Densities in Small Areas," South American Journal of Herpetology 10(3), 178-186, (1 December 2015). https://doi.org/10.2994/SAJH-D-14-00040.1
Received: 10 November 2014; Accepted: 1 October 2015; Published: 1 December 2015
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