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Title: Why are egg fertilization rates not correlated with hatching success in sea turtles?
Authors: Abella Pérez, Elena
Marco, Adolfo
López-Jurado, Luis Felipe 
UNESCO Clasification: 24 Ciencias de la vida
2401 Biología animal (zoología)
240116 Herpetología
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: The relative number of developing eggs is directly affected by fertilization rate, and unfertile eggs may indirectly negatively affect development of viable eggs within the nest. Thus, the number of viable eggs at laying should influence hatching success. We have studied both parameters in a nesting population of loggerhead turtles from Boavista Island (Republic of Cabo Verde). Fertility was estimated based on eggs excavated from nests within the first 96 hours after deposition. Our results confirm a high egg fertilization rate for the species, which exceeded an average of 94% fertility (95% confidence limits: 91.9 and 96.2%, N=43 nests).</p>
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/17521
Source: 26th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology, Island of Crete, Greece, 2006. Pag 43
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