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Volume 4, Number 3- December 2003

CONTENTS

Prologue

Editorial comment. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN 521

Articles

Reproductive biology and conservation status of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in Espírito Santo State, Brazil. CECÍLIA BAPTISTOTTE, JOÃO C.A. THOMÉ, AND KAREN A. BJORNDAL 523

Post-nesting movements and behavior of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) departing from east-central Florida nesting beaches. C. KENNETH DODD, JR. AND RICHARD BYLES 530

Previously unrecognized original type specimens of American turtles collected by John Le Conte in 1828. ROGER BOUR 537

Emergence success of flatback sea turtles (Natator depressus) at Fog Bay, Northern Territory, Australia. SEAN J. BLAMIRES AND MICHAEL L. GUINEA 548

Influence of nest site selection on predation of flatback sea turtle (Natator depressus) eggs by varanid lizards in northern Australia. SEAN J. BLAMIRES, MICHAEL L. GUINEA, AND ROBERT I.T. PRINCE 557

Diagnostic characteristics in lower Tennessee River populations of the map turtles Graptemys pseudogeographica and Graptemys ouachitensis. PETER V. LINDEMAN 564

Activity and thermal ecology of the box turtle, Terrapene ornata, at its southwestern range limit in Arizona. MICHAEL V. PLUMMER 569

Daily and seasonal activity patterns and movements of juvenile box turtles (Terrapene carolina bauri) on Egmont Key, Florida. ALISON HAMILTON JENNINGS 578

Nesting and conservation of the hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, in the Pearl Cays, Nicaragua. CYNTHIA J. LAGUEUX, CATHI L. CAMPBELL, AND WILLIAM A. MCCOY 588

Comparative study of the nesting behavior of the green turtle, Chelonia mydas, during high- and low-density nesting periods at Ras Al-Hadd Reserve, Oman. A.Y.A. ALKINDI, I.Y. MAHMOUD, H.M. AL-GHEILANI, C.S. BAKHEIT, A.A. AL-HABSI, AND A. AL-KIYUMI 603 Status of the flatback sea turtle (Natator depressus) rookery on Crab Island, Australia, with notes on predation by crocodiles. RONALD W. SUTHERLAND AND ELIZABETH G. SUTHERLAND 612

Marine turtle conservation on Holbox Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico: the fishermen’s perceptions. SONJA MACYS AND GEORGE N. WALLACE 620

Influence of geological factors on reproductive aspects of Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines, Pelomedusidae) on the Javaés River, Araguaia National Park, Brazil. PAULO DIAS FERREIRA JÚNIOR, ADRIANA MALVASIO, AND ODIMAR SANTOS GUIMARÃES 626

Morphological variation in the endangered Alabama red-bellied cooter (Pseudemys alabamensis) and taxonomic status of a population in Mississippi. CHRISTOPHER J. LEARY, JAMES L. DOBIE, THOMAS M. MANN, AND PETER S. FLOYD 635

Biological prioritization of Asian countries for turtle conservation. BRYAN L. STUART AND JOHN THORBJARNARSON 642

Status of Testudo kleinmanni and T. werneri in Egypt. SHERIF M. BAHA EL DIN, OMAR ATTUM, AND MINDY BAHA EL DIN 648

Home range and seasonal movements of the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) in southern New Hampshire. SHEILA E. TUTTLE AND DAVID M. CARROLL 656

Reproductive ecology of Podocnemis erythrocephala (Testudines: Podocnemididae) in the lower Inírida River, Colombia. OLGA VICTORIA CASTAÑO-MORA, PEDRO ALBERTO GALVIS-PEÑUELA, and JUAN GABRIEL MOLANO 664

Notes and Field Reports

Akinesis and plastral scute homologies in Sternotherus (Testudines: Kinosternidae). PETER C.H. PRITCHARD 671

Marine turtle nesting activity at Playa Naranjo, Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica, for the 1998–1999 season. DANA L. DRAKE, JOCELYN E. BEHM, MEGHAN A. HAGERTY, PHILIPPE A. MAYOR, SETH J. GOLDENBERG, AND JAMES R. SPOTILA 675

Ecology and conservation status of the Arakan forest turtle, Heosemys depressa, in western Myanmar. STEVEN G. PLATT, WIN KO KO, KALYAR, MYO MYO, LAY LAY KHAING, AND THOMAS R. RAINWATER 678

Comparative ultrastructural carapace morphology in three freshwater turtles. DAVID A. WOOTEN 682

Diet of sea turtles in southern Brazil. LEANDRO BUGONI, LÍGIA KRAUSE, AND MARIA VIRGÍNIA PETRY 685

Radiotransmitter attachment technique for box turtles (Terrapene spp.). KAREN A. WILSON, PAUL M. CAVANAGH, AND JEFFREY VILLEPIQUE 688

Rediscovery of the critically endangered river terrapin, Batagur baska, in Cambodia, with notes on occurrence, reproduction, and conservation status. STEVEN G. PLATT, BRYAN L. STUART, HENG SOVANNARA, LONG KHENG, KALYAR, AND HENG KIMCHHAY 691

Effects of sand hardness and human beach use on emergence success of loggerhead sea turtles on Yakushima Island, Japan. HIROMI KUDO, AKINOBU MURAKAMI, AND SATOMI WATANABE 695

Reproductive cycle of male snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in southeastern Virginia. LAUREN L. GLESENKAMP, GEORGE R. ZUG, AND JOSEPH C. MITCHELL 697

Natural hybridization between a Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) and loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) confirmed by molecular analysis. ROBERT C. BARBER, CLARK T. FONTAINE, JOSEPH P. FLANAGAN, AND EDWARD E. LOUIS, JR. 701

Double-chambered nest cavities in the leatherback turtle. STEPHANIE KAMEL AND N. MROSOVSKY 705

Summer movements and home range of the cooter turtle, Pseudemys concinna, in Illinois. MICHAEL J. DRESLIK, ANDREW R. KUHNS, CHRISTOPHER A. PHILLIPS, AND BENJAMIN C. JELLEN 706

Comparative efficiency of different sampling techniques to obtain DNA from freshwater turtles. NATHALIE TESSIER AND FRANÇOIS-JOSEPH LAPOINTE 710

Effect of translocation on egg viability of the giant Amazon river turtle, Podocnemis expansa. KELLY BONACH, MARISTELA P. MIRANDA-VILELA, MARCELO C. ALVES, AND LUCIANO M. VERDADE 712

First record of a gravid marine turtle from Chile. ANGÉLICA GONZÁLEZ, LEYLA MIRANDA, AND JUAN CARLOS ORTIZ 716

Repetitive data-logger attachments to sea turtles using a new quick-release method. SANDRA STORCH AND SOLVIN ZANKL 717

Preliminary observations on reproductive parameters of the Sulawesi forest turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi) in captivity. CHARLES J. INNIS 720

Population ecology of musk turtles (Sternotherus odoratus) in a lake in Virginia. ALISON M. HOLINKA, RADHIKA DAVE, AND RANDOLPH M. CHAMBERS 721

Axial bifurcation in a bicephalic Chelonia mydas embryo. CHEONG H. DIONG, LENNY K.A. TAN, AND CHARLES M.U. LEH 725

Commentaries and Reviews

Turtle management as scientific experimentation. WILLIAM E. MAGNUSSON 728

Linnaeus Fund Research Reports

Distribution, status, and biology of the radiated tortoise, Geochelone radiata, in southwest Madagascar. THOMAS E.J. LEUTERITZ AND ROLLANDE RAVOLANAIVO 730

Domestic trade of tortoises and freshwater turtles in Cambodia. ROHAN H.P. HOLLOWAY 733

Assessing the impact of human hunting activities on populations of forest tortoises (genus Kinixys) in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. LUCA LUISELLI 735

Interpond movement patterns of Chrysemys picta picta (eastern painted turtles) in Virginia. DAVID R. BOWNE 739

Turtle Poetry

The egg and the machine. ROBERT FROST 742

Recent Literature

Recent literature on freshwater turtles, tortoises, and marine turtles 743