Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2017

Publication Source

Herpetological Journal

Volume

26

Publisher

The British Herpetological Society

ISBN/ISSN

0268-0130

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

There are two commonly utilised, but distinct, methods for measuring carapace length of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea). Either the carapace is measured along the central ridge or to the side of the central ridge.
Here, we demonstrate that these two measurements produce differing results. Moreover, we formulate a globally-applicable correction factor to standardise between these two measurements. Standardised curved carapace length measurements from leatherback turtles at nesting sites worldwide generally fit into 3 size categories: small (157.5 cm; Indian: Southwest, Indian: Northeast, and Pacific: West)

Keywords

correction factor, morphology, marine turtles, nesting, Regional Management Units

Disciplines

Biology

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Biology Commons

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