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Carapacial scute variation in Loggerhead Turtles,Caretta caretta
Zoology in the Middle East
The carapacial scutes of 3511 specimens of hatchling and adult Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) from five different nesting beaches in Turkey and Cyprus (Dalyan, Fethiye, Belek, KÕzÕlot and Karpaz) were examined. Scutes were examined with regard to variation within carapacial scute series and variation in carapacial scute pattern. The vertebral, costal and marginal series were the most variable and the supracaudal scute was extremely stable for the hatchlings. The adult scute pattern showeddoi:10.1080/09397140.2001.10637893 fatcat:77ewv4ebe5cp5p2lljj2sxi3te