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pdf 02. The embryo and hatchling mortality of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) in relation to clutch size

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pp.73-76

Authors: Suhashini Hewa Visenthi

Abstract: This study was carried out at the Kosgoda Victor Hasselblad Turtle hatchery in Sri Lanka, between December 1 988 and November 1989. A total of 64 nests of Chelonia mydas and 32 nests of Lepidochelys olivacea were examined after the emergence of hatchlings. The percentage late mortality (late embryonic stages and early hatchlings) of C. mydas and L. olivacea showed a positive relationship with the increasing number of eggs in a clutch. There was no significant relationship between the percentage early embryonic mortality and the clutch size. The percentage of live hatchlings of both species showed a negative relationship with the increasing clutch size. Dividing and transplanting C. mydas clutches with more than 120 eggs and L. olivacea clutches with more than 110 eggs may result in higher percentages of live hatchlings. Investigations on the incubation temperature of small egg clutches need to be made in order to find the effect on the sex ratio of hatchlings.

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