Environmental Correlates of the Abundances of Three Species of Freshwater Turtles in Lakes of Northern Florida

  title={Environmental Correlates of the Abundances of Three Species of Freshwater Turtles in Lakes of Northern Florida},
  author={Matthew J. Aresco},
  pages={545 - 555}
  • M. Aresco
  • Published 25 August 2009
  • Environmental Science
  • Copeia
Abstract The high densities of freshwater turtles, along with their longevities and tendencies toward omnivory, can make them critical influences on the energy flow in lakes and the resilience of lake food webs. Despite this potential importance, there is little understanding of whether turtle abundances are driven by bottom-up (productivity) or top-down (predation) vectors. In this study I examined the environmental correlates of abundance of three dominant turtle species in 17 northern… 

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