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Volume 1, Number 4- August 1995

CONTENTS

Articles

MICHAEL R.K. LAMBERT . On geographical size variation, growth, and sexual dimorphism of the leopard tortoise,Geochelone pardalis, in Somaliland. P. 269-278

ELLIOTT R. JACOBSON, MARY B. BROWN, ISABELLA M. SCHUMACHER, BOBBY R. COLLINS, RICHARD K. HARRIS, AND PAUL A. KLEIN. Mycoplasmosis and the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. P. 279-284

CHARLES W. CAILLOUET, JR., CLARK T. FONTAINE, SHARON A. MANZELLA-TIRPAK, AND DONNA J. SHAVER. Survival of head-started Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) released into the Gulf of Mexico or adjacent bays. P. 285-292

MARCELO R. SANCHEZ-VILLAGRA, PETER C.H. PRITCHARD, ALFRED PAOLILLO, AND OMAR J. LINARES. Geographic variation in the matamata turtle, Chelus fimbriatus, with observations on its shell morphology and morphometry. P. 293-300

ROBERT G. WEBB. Redescription and neotype designation of Pelochelys bibroni from southem New Guinea (Testudines: Trionychidae). P. 301-310

WILLIAM P. MCCORD, JOHN B. IVERSON, AND BOEAD. I A new batagurid turtle from northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. P. 311-316

Notes and Field Reports

Salvage of eggs from road-killed red-eared sliders, Trachemys scripta elegans. JOHN K. TUCKER. P. 317-318
Repatriation of radiated tortoises, Geochelone radiata, from R&eacuteunion Island to Madagascar. ST&EacutePHANE BOULLAY. P. 319
Observations on feeding habits of Hydromedusa maximiliani (Testudines: Chelidae) in southeastern Brazil. FRANCO LEANDRO SOUZA AND AUGUSTO SHINYA ABE. P. 320-321
The date of publication of Gray’s Catalogue of Shield Reptiles. ROBERT G. WEBB. P. 322-323

Translations

Results of studies on the chelonians of Albania. IDRIZ HAXHIU. [1985]. Translation from Albanian by JAMES R. BUSKIRK. P. 324-325
Current data on the chelonians of Albania. IDRIZ HAXHIU. P. 326-327

Commentaries and Reviews

A clarification on the activities of Projeto TAMAR, Brazil. CEC&IacuteLIA BAPTISTOTTE. P. 328
Systematics of the Pseudemys coiicinna-floridana complex (Testudines: Emydidae): an alternative interpretation. DALE R. JACKSON. P. 329
How many species of cooter turtles and where is the scientific evidence? – A reply to Jackson. MICHAEL E. SEIDEL. P. 333
Book Review: ACU&NtildeA MES&EacuteN, R.A. 1993. Las Tortugas Continentales de Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica: Editorial ICER, 58 pp. MAHMOOD SASA. P. 336

Newsnotes and Announcements

Turtle and tortoise papers presented at the International Congress of Chelonian Conservation. P. 338
Third World Congress on Herpetology – preliminary announcement. P. 339
Herpetology Combined Museum Collections Database. P. 340
Second Annual Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians Conference. P. 340
Reviewers for Chelonian Conservation and Biology Volume 1 (1993 – 1995). P. 340

Recent Literature

Recent literature on freshwater turtles and tortoises. P. 341

Appendix

IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group address changes. P. 348

Advertising Section P. 349

Cover Photograph: Adult desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii ) from Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, USA, in facial close-ups. Top: normal healthy animal; Bottom: clinically infected animal with upper respiratory distress syndrome caused by Mycoplasma, see article on pp. 279-284. (Photos by ELLIOTT R. JACOBSON).