Spongivory in Hawksbill Turtles: A Diet of Glass

@article{Meylan1988SpongivoryIH,
  title={Spongivory in Hawksbill Turtles: A Diet of Glass},
  author={A. Meylan},
  journal={Science},
  year={1988},
  volume={239},
  pages={393 - 395}
}
  • A. Meylan
  • Published 1988
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
The hawksbill(Eretmochelys imbricata), an endangered marine turtle associated with coral reefs throughout the tropics, feeds almost exclusively on sponges in the Caribbean, and possibly throughout its range. It is one of fewer than a dozen vertebrates that are known to specialize on this widely distributed but well-defended food resource. The diet is taxonomically narrow and highly uniform geographically, includes sponges that are toxic to other vertebrates, and contains more silica than that… Expand
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  • I thank K. Ruetzler for assistance with sponge identifications. Funding was provided by World Wildlife Fund/International, Caribbean Conservation Corporation, and the National Marine Fisheries Service. I thank K. Bjorndal, S. Pomponi, P. Meylan, and J. Winston for editorial comments. 13 July
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