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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Abstract

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
Reptile
Algae
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
ID Code:7979
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:16 Mar 2011 16:20
Last Modified:16 Mar 2011 16:20

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