We report seven nesting events by loggerhead sea turtles in Sicily (Italy) in 2011. In comparison to past records, this number is relatively high and may be at least in part due to an awareness campaign carried out in 2011 to solicit such reports. This suggests that Sicily may host a much higher nesting activity than previously thought and higher monitoring effort is recommended, especially in certain coastal tracts. Sand temperatures and incubation periods indicate that the beaches monitored so far in the southern coast are not optimal for development, resulting in low hatching success, and produce a majority of males. Five 2011 nests and two past nests from the same area had mtDNA haplotype CC-A2.1, the most common in the Mediterranean. © Firenze University Press.

Exceptional sea turtle nest records in 2011 suggest an underestimated nesting potential in Sicily (Italy)

CASALE, PAOLO
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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2012

Abstract

We report seven nesting events by loggerhead sea turtles in Sicily (Italy) in 2011. In comparison to past records, this number is relatively high and may be at least in part due to an awareness campaign carried out in 2011 to solicit such reports. This suggests that Sicily may host a much higher nesting activity than previously thought and higher monitoring effort is recommended, especially in certain coastal tracts. Sand temperatures and incubation periods indicate that the beaches monitored so far in the southern coast are not optimal for development, resulting in low hatching success, and produce a majority of males. Five 2011 nests and two past nests from the same area had mtDNA haplotype CC-A2.1, the most common in the Mediterranean. © Firenze University Press.
Casale, Paolo; Palilla, Giuseppe; Salemi, Alessandro; Napoli, Angelo; Prinzi, Maurizio; Genco, Laura; Bonaviri, Davide; Mastrogiacomo, Angela; Oliverio, Marco; Valvo, Mario Lo
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