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Volume 4, Number 4- April 2005

CONTENTS

Prologue

Editorial comment. Anders G.J. Rhodin 757

Special Focus Section

The Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, Lepidochelys kempii

Foreword

Introduction to the Kemp’s ridley focus issue. Peter C.H. Pritchard and David W. Owens 759

Articles

Status of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii. René Márquez-M., Patrick M. Burchfield, Juan Díaz-F., Manuel Sánchez-P., Miguel Carrasco-A., Carmen Jiménez-Q., Alma Leo-P., Rafael Bravo-G., and Jaime Peña-V. 761

A population model to estimate recovery time, population size, and management impacts on Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Selina S. Heppell, Deborah T. Crouse, Larry B. Crowder, Sheryan P. Epperly, Wendy Gabriel, Terry Henwood, René Márquez, and Nancy B. Thompson 767

Time-series analyses of the relationship between nesting frequency of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle and meteorological conditions. María del Carmen Jiménez-Quiroz, Anatoly Filonov, Irina Tereshchenko, and René Márquez-Millán 774

Reproductive parameters of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) at Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Wayne N. Witzell, Alfredo Salgado-Quintero, and Manuel Garduño-Dionte 781

Seasonal reproductive biology of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii): comparison of captive and wild populations. David C. Rostal 788

Population characteristics of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles in nearshore waters of the upper Texas and Louisiana coasts. André M. Landry, Jr., David T. Costa, F. Leonard Kenyon, II, and Michael S. Coyne 801

Kemp’s ridley sea turtle movements and migrations. Maurice L. Renaud and Jo A. Williams 808

Movements and home ranges of adult male Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in the Gulf of Mexico investigated by satellite telemetry. Donna J. Shaver, Barbara A. Schroeder, Richard A. Byles, Patrick M. Burchfield, Jaime Peña, René Márquez, and Hector J. Martinez 817

Developmental biology and ecology of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Jeffrey R. Schmid and William J. Barichivich 828

Texans, turtles, and the early Kemp’s ridley population restoration project, 1963-67. Patrick M. Burchfield 835

Head-starting the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, at the NMFS Galveston Laboratory, 1978-1992: a review. Clark Fontaine and Donna Shaver 838

Analysis of the Kemp’s ridley imprinting and headstart project at Padre Island National Seashore, Texas, 1978-88, with subsequent nesting and stranding records on the Texas coast. Donna J. Shaver 846

On the sex ratio of juvenile Lepidochelys kempii in Georgia. Carol Ruckdeschel, C. Robert Shoop, and Robert D. Kenney 860

Diet analysis of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in Virginia. Erin E. Seney and John A. Musick 864

Western North Atlantic waters: crucial developmental habitat for Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles. Stephen J. Morreale and Edward A. Standora 872

Climatic and oceanographic factors affecting daily patterns of juvenile sea turtle cold-stunning in Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts. Brett M. Still, Curtice R. Griffin, and Robert Prescott 883

Regular Articles

Assessment of the threatened status of Testudo kleinmanni Lortet, 1883 (Testudines: Testudinidae) for the IUCN Red List. Jarmo Perälä 891

Conserving sea turtles in Canada: successful community-based collaboration between fishers and scientists. Kathleen Martin and Michael C. James 899

Ecology of the Jamaican slider turtle (Trachemys terrapen), with implications for conservation and management. Tracey D. Tuberville, Kurt A. Buhlmann, Rhema Kerr Bjorkland, and Doug Booher 908

Nesting activity and reproductive output of loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, over 19 seasons (1984-2002) at Laganas Bay, Zakynthos, Greece: the largest rookery in the Mediterranean. Dimitris Margaritoulis 916

Documenting the value of volunteer effort for sea turtle conservation in South Carolina. Sally R. Hopkins-Murphy and Joan S. Seithel 930

Notes and Field Reports

Bifid tail regeneration in a turtle, Emydura sp. (Testudines: Chelidae). Gerald Kuchling 935

Thermoregulation in captive Indian Ocean giant tortoises. Justin Gerlach 937

Noteworthy records and exploitation of chelonians from the Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, and Dokhtawady rivers, Myanmar. Steven G. Platt, Win Ko Ko, Lay Lay Khaing, Khin Myo Myo, Tint Lwin, Thanda Swe, Kalyar, and Thomas R. Rainwater 942

Distribution, natural history, and exploitation of Leucocephalon yuwonoi in central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Cris Hagen and Iwalani Y.S. Ching 948

Genetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA variation in eastern and western African spurred tortoises, Geochelone sulcata. Barbara Livoreil and Antoinette C. van der Kuyl 951

Distribution of the black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda spengleri) on Hainan Island, China. Shi Haitao 954

Occurrence of diamondback terrapins, Malaclemys terrapin, on Bermuda: native or introduced? John Davenport, Anne F. Glasspool, and Lisa Kitson 956

Turtle Poetry

Turtles. Author Unknown 960