Invertebrate infestation in sea turtle nests (Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas) was recorded for the first time for Alata beach, Mersin, Turkey. A total of 121 green and 32 loggerhead nests were recorded and 34 (22.22%) of these were examined in terms of the invertebrate faunal composition. The specimens found in the nests were identified to order, family, or genus levels and they were represented as 5 orders. These invertebrate groups are Pimelia sp. larvae (Tenebrionidae; Coleoptera), Elater sp. larvae (Elateridae; Coleoptera), Scarabaeidae larvae (Coleoptera), Muscidae (Diptera), Enchytraeidae (Oligochaeta), Myrmeleontidae (Neuroptera), and Cyrptostigmata (Acari).
Chelonia mydas, Caretta caretta, nest, invertebrate infestation, Pimelia sp., Alata beach, Turkey
AYMAK, CEMİL; ERGENE, REMZİYE SERAP; KATILMIŞ, YUSUF; and UÇAR, AŞKIN HASAN
"Invertebrate infestation in green turtle (Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)) andloggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758)) nests on Alata Beach, Mersin, Turkey,"
Turkish Journal of Zoology: Vol. 41:
4, Article 20.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/zoology/vol41/iss4/20