Random Mate Searching: Male Sea Turtle Targets Juvenile for Mating Behavior

  title={Random Mate Searching: Male Sea Turtle Targets Juvenile for Mating Behavior},
  author={Junichi Okuyama and Shiro Kagawa and Nobuaki Arai},
Abstract Here, we report an incidental observation obtained by an animal-borne video logger of courtship behavior by an adult male green turtle (Chelonia mydas) directed toward an immature green turtle. Our result hypothesized that males may select a mating partner mainly using a visual cue based on size, but without high acuity, so that they can distinguish the size of mature females from that of immature turtles. Hence, male turtles may visualize the objects moving underwater that have the… Expand
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