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|Title:||Conservation of olive ridley sea turtle <i>Lepidochelys olivacea</i> (Reptilia/Chelonia) along the Nagapattinam coast, southeast coast of India|
olive ridley turtle
|Abstract:||Nesting and mortality of <i>Lepidochelys olivacea</i> (Eschscholtz, 1829) was studied in 50 km beach stretch along the Nagapattinam coast during December 2000 to May 2001. <i>Lepidochelys olivacea</i> was common constituting 97.1<sub> </sub>% of turtles recorded. This species emerged from sea for nesting during December and continued till April. The nesting of <i>Lepidochelys olivacea </i>was sporadic and the peak was observed in the second fortnight of February. The poor nesting (20 nests/ km) in the area could be due to high adult mortality (12<sub> </sub>% females) due to incidental catch in the gill nets, and nest predation (><sub> </sub>90<sub> </sub>%) by human. The Nagapattinam coast will not sustain the nesting population of <i>Lepidochelys olivacea</i> longer, if immediate conservation measures are not undertaken.|
|Appears in Collections:||IJMS Vol.32(2) [June 2003]|
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