Finding of a two-headed green turtle embryo during nest monitoring in Baa Atoll, Maldives

Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research

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Title Finding of a two-headed green turtle embryo during nest monitoring in Baa Atoll, Maldives
Creator Köhnk, Stephanie Brown, Rosie Liddell, Amelia
Subject Biology; Marine Biology; Pathology; Wildlife Veterinary Medicine case report; Chelonia mydas; congenital malformation; polycephaly; sea turtle; nesting; Indian Ocean
Description Green sea turtles are one of the two species of marine turtles known to nest in the Maldives. The prevalent time of nesting seems to be inconsistent throughout the island nation. In this study, sea turtle nesting activity was monitored on the island of Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll over a period of 12 months. A total of 13 nests were confirmed with a median hatching success rate of 89.58% as ascertained by nest excavation. In one of the nests, a severely deformed hatchling with polycephaly, an opening in the neck area and a lordotic spine was found, and we investigated in detail with radiographic images and a necropsy. Our findings support the importance of consistent nesting activity and nest monitoring efforts in the country as a basis for conservation efforts.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Olive Ridley Project
Date 2021-08-24
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Case Report
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ojvr.v88i1.1940
Source Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research; Vol 88, No 1 (2021); 8 pages 2219-0635 0030-2465
Language eng
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Coverage Indian Ocean; Maldives; Baa Atoll — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Stephanie Koehnk