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Israel Journal of Zoology
  Issue:  Volume 50, Number 4 / 2004
  Pages:  333 - 340
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NEST SITE FACTORS AND INVERTEBRATE INFESTATION OF LOGGERHEAD TURTLE NESTS

ADEM ÖZDEMIR A1, a OGUZ TÜRKOZAN A2, ÇETIN ILGAZ A3, REGIS MARTINc A4

A1 Department of Biology Education, Faculty of Education, Dokuz Eylül University, 35150 Buca-Izmir, Turkey
A2 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Arts, Adnan Menderes University, 09010 Aydin, Turkey
A3 Department of Biology Education, Faculty of Education, Dokuz Eylül University, 35150 Buca-Izmir, Turkey
A4 Laboratory of Alpine Ecology, UMR CNRS 5553 "Population Genomics and Biodiversity", Université Joseph Fourier, Bât. D de Biologie, 38 140 Saint Martin d'Hères, France

Abstract:

This paper reports the physical nest parameters of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) nests at Fethiye Beach, Turkey that predispose individual nests to invertebrate infestation. All data were collected between June and September 2001 and were analyzed using logistic regression. Pimelia sp. (Tene-brionidae), Musca sp. (Muscidae), Myrmeleon sp. (Myrmeleontidae), and Cryptositigmata were established as infesting the loggerhead turtle nests on Fethiye Beach in 2001. When all groups were combined as invertebrates, distance to low vegetation (t-test, b = -0.13) and grain size (t-test, b = -1.30) were found to be the best subsets of the model indicating whether invertebrates infested a nest. Both factors were negatively correlated with the presence of invertebrates. The same analysis was applied for each individual group of invertebrates. The implications of these results are discussed.


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