Role of marine macrophytes as feed for green turtle Chelonia mydas

Kannan, P and Rajagopalan, M (2004) Role of marine macrophytes as feed for green turtle Chelonia mydas. Seaweed Research and Utilisation, 26 (1 & 2). pp. 187-192.


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This paper deals with the food and feeding habits of the green turtle Chelonia mydas caught incidentally in different fishing gears during 1998 – 2000 at Tuticorin and Pamban areas. The seaweeds and seagrasses observed in their gut contents are Gelidiella acerosa, Hypnea valentiae, Solieria robusta, Sargassum spp, Pocockiella variegata, Dictyota dichotoma,Halimeda macroloba, Caulerpa fergusonii, Ulva reticulata and Chaetomorpha sp (seaweeds), Halophila ovalis, Thalassia hemprichii and Cymodocea serrulata (seagrasses). The marine macrophytes play the major role in the survival of adult animals since they are purely herbivores.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: marine macrophytes; feed; green turtle; Chelonia mydas
Subjects: Algae > Algal nutrition
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2011 10:50
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:46

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