Distribution patterns of epibionts on the carapace of loggerhead turtles , Caretta caretta

  title={Distribution patterns of epibionts on the carapace of loggerhead turtles , Caretta caretta},
  author={Joseph B Pfaller and Karen A Bjorndal and Kimberly J. Reich and Kristina L. Williams and Michael G. Frick},
The spatial distribution of epibionts on carapaces of marine turtles may be influenced by variation in recruitment dynamics, water flow patterns, and levels of disturbance on different regions of the carapace. We determined the distribution of 18 taxa of epibionts among nine zones on the carapace of 18 nesting loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) on Wassaw Island, Georgia, USA. Frequency of occurrence (%F) of all epibionts and each taxonomic class was determined for each zone. Distribution… CONTINUE READING

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