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Seasonality, abundance and breeding biology of one of the largest populations of nesting flatback turtles, Natator depressus: Cape Domett, Western Australia

Whiting, AU, Thomson, A, Chaloupka, M and Limpus, CJ (2008). Seasonality, abundance and breeding biology of one of the largest populations of nesting flatback turtles, Natator depressus: Cape Domett, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Zoology,56(5):297-303.

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Title Seasonality, abundance and breeding biology of one of the largest populations of nesting flatback turtles, Natator depressus: Cape Domett, Western Australia
Author Whiting, AU
Thomson, A
Chaloupka, M
Limpus, CJ
Journal Name Australian Journal of Zoology
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 56
Issue Number 5
ISSN 0004-959X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-62549138329
Start Page 297
End Page 303
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
0608 - Zoology
0707 - Veterinary Sciences
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Cape Domett, located in tropical Western Australia, supports a significant population of flatback turtles, Natator depressus, but the magnitude of this was previously underestimated. We assessed temporal nesting abundance to find that Cape Domett supports one of the largest aggregated nesting flatback turtle populations globally with annual abundance in the order of several thousand individuals (estimated = 3250, 95% CI = 1431–7757). We assessed temporal abundance within a year to find turtles nested throughout the year with peak nesting occurring between August and September. This paper re-evaluates the importance of this major flatback turtle nesting site and shows the first detailed examination of flatback turtle nesting biology in north-western Australia.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/ZO08038   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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