The ontogenetic scaling of bite force and head size in loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta): implications for durophagy in neritic, benthic habitats.

@article{Marshall2012TheOS,
  title={The ontogenetic scaling of bite force and head size in loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta): implications for durophagy in neritic, benthic habitats.},
  author={Christopher D. Marshall and Alejandra Guzm{\'a}n and Tomoko Narazaki and Katsufumi Sato and Emily A. Kane and Blair D Sterba-Boatwright},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={215 Pt 23},
  pages={4166-74}
}
Ontogenetic studies of vertebrate feeding performance can help address questions relevant to foraging ecology. Feeding morphology and performance can either limit access to food resources or open up new trophic niches in both aquatic and terrestrial systems. Loggerhead sea turtles are long-lived vertebrates with complex life histories that are marked by an ontogenetic shift from an oceanic habitat to a coastal neritic habitat, and a transition from soft oceanic prey to hard, benthic prey… CONTINUE READING
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