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Volume 2, Number 1- February 1996

CONTENTS

Prologue

JOHN L. BEHLER, PETER C.H. PRITCHARD, AND ANDERS G.J. RHODIN. Editorial comment. P. 3-4

Articles

JOSEPH A. DEPARI. Overwintering in the nest chamber by hatchling painted turtles, Chrysemys picta, in northern New Jersey. P.5-12

JOHN POLISAR. Reproductive biology of a flood-season nesting freshwater turtle of the northern neotropics: Dermatemys mawii in Belize. P. 13-25

DON MOLL AND MICHAEL W. KLEMENS. Ecological characteristics of the pancake tortoise, Malacochersus tomieri, in Tanzania. P. 26-35

JANE R. BAYLEY AND ANDY C. HIGHFIELD. Observations on ecological changes threatening a population of Testudo graeca graeca in the Souss Valley, southern Morocco. P. 36-42

MICHAEL A. EWERT AND DAWN S. WILSON. Seasonal variation of embryonic diapause in the striped mud turtle (Kinosternon baurii) and general considerations for conservation planning. P. 43-54

MARIA ANGELA MARCOVALDI AND ANTONIO LAURENT. A six season study of marine turtle nesting at Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil, with implications for conservation and management. P.55-59

STEVE A. JOHNSON, KAREN A. BJORNDAL, AND ALAN B. BOLTEN. A survey of organized turtle watch participants on sea turtle nesting beaches in Florida. P. 60-65

JOSEPH C. MITCHELL AND ANDERS G.J. RHODIN. Observations on the natural history and exploitation of the turtles of Nepal, with life history notes on Melanochelys trijuga. P. 66-72

Notes and Field Reports

The origin of marine turtles: a pluralistic view of evolution. JOSEPH J. KINNEARY. P. 73-77

Occurrence and diet of juvenile loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. PAMELA T. PLOTKIN. P. 78-79

First record of Heosemys spinosa from the Philippines, with biogeographic notes. INDRANEIL DAS. P. 80-81

Neural bones in Australian chelid turtles. SCOTT THOMSON AND ARTHUR GEORGES. P. 82-85

Temperature-dependent sex determination and hatching success in the gopher tortoise (Gopherus Polyphemus).RUSSELL L. BURKE, MICHAEL A. EWERT, JEFFREY B. McLEMORE, AND DALE R. JACKSON. P. 86-88

Marine turtle nesting, nest predation, hatch frequency, and nesting seasonality on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. DANA L. DRAKE. P. 89-92

Nesting activity of the loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, on Fethiye Beach, Turkey, in 1994. IBRAHIM BARAN AND OGUZ TORKOZAN. P. 93-95

Stomach contents of commercially harvested adult alligator snapping turtles, Macroclemys temminckii. KEVlN N. SLOAN. KURT A. BUHLMANN, AND JEFFREY E. LOVICH. P. 96-98

Distribution of nesting sites of sea turtles in Okinawajima and adjacent islands of the central Ryukyus, Japan. AKIRA KIRUKAWA, NAOKI KAMEZAKI, KOICHI HIRATE, AND HIDETOSHI OTA. P. 99-100

Mating behavior in captive alligator snapping turtles (Macroclemys temminckii). J. BRENT HARREL. NEIL H. DOUGLAS, MAURY M. HARDAWAY, AND R. DALE THOMAS. P. 101-104

Meat on the move: diet of a predatory turtle, Deirochelys reticularia (Testudines: Emydidae). DALE R. JACKSON. P. 105-107

Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)tracked by satellite telemetry from Louisiana to nesting beach at Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. MAURICE L. RENAUD, JAMES A. CARPENTER, JO A. WILLIAMS, AND ANDRÉ M. LANDRY, JR. P. 108

Observations on Manouria impressa at Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary, northeastern Thailand. TANYA CHAN-ARD, KUMTHORN THIRAKHUPT, AND PETER PAUL VAN DIJK. P. 109-113

Commentaries and Reviews

Possible demographic and ecologic consequences of sex ratio manipulation in turtles. JEFFREY E. LOVICH. P. 114-117

On the absence of spur-thighed tortoises, Testudo graeca, from Egypt. JAMES R. BUSKIRK. P. 118-120

Turtle Poetry

To a box turtle. JOHN UPDIKE. P. 121

Newsnotes and Announcements

Chelonian Research Foundation Linnaeus Fund: 1995 grant recipients. P. 122
Request for information: biology and conservation of the Cuban slider, Trachemys decussata . P. 122
New research facility in Costa Rica. P. 123
Reptilia – a new herpetoculturist magazine from Spain. P. 123
Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles – 1995 revision. P. 123
Second International Conference on the Biology and Conservation of South Asian Amphibians and Reptiles. P. 123
First Session of the World Conservation Congress and Species Survival Commission Meeting. P. 124

Recent Literature

Recent literature on freshwater turtles and tortoises. P. 125

Advertising Section P. 132

Cover Photograph: Adult female striped mud turtle (Kinosternon baurii) from Hillsborough County, Florida, USA. This species exhibits seasonal variation in embryonic diapause, with fall eggs expressing diapause and spring eggs developing without diapause; see article on pp. 43-54. (Photo by DAWN S. WILSON).