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Title: Modelling the niche for a marine vertebrate: A case study incorporating behavioural plasticity, proximate threats and climate change
Authors: Pikesley, Stephen K.
Broderick, Annette C.
Cejudo, Daniel
Coyne, Michael S.
Godfrey, Matthew H.
Godley, B. J
López, Pedro
López-Jurado, Luis Felipe 
Elsy Merino, Sonia
Varo Cruz, Nuria
Witt, Matthew J.
Hawkes, Lucy A.
UNESCO Clasification: 24 Ciencias de la vida
2401 Biología animal (zoología)
240123 Vertebrados
240119 Zoología marina
240116 Herpetología
Issue Date: 2015
Journal: Ecography (on line) 
Abstract: The integration of satellite telemetry, remotely sensed environmental data, and habitat/environmental modelling has provided for a growing understanding of spatial and temporal ecology of species of conservation concern. The Republic of Cape Verde comprises the only substantial rookery for the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta in the eastern Atlantic. A size related dichotomy in adult foraging patterns has previously been revealed for adult sea turtles from this population with a proportion of adults foraging neritically, whilst the majority forage oceanically. Here we describe observed habitat use and employ ecological niche modelling to identify suitable foraging habitats for animals utilising these two distinct behavioural strategies. We also investigate how these predicted habitat niches may alter under the influence of climate change induced oceanic temperature rises.
ISSN: 1600-0587
DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01245
Source: Ecography[ISSN 1600-0587], v. 38 (8)
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