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Marine Macrophytes and Plastics Consumed by Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Hong Kong, South China Sea Region

Author:
Ng, Connie Ka Yan, Ang, Put O., Russell, Dennis J., Balazs, George H., Murphy, Margaret B.
Source:
Chelonian Conservation and Biology 2016 v.15 no.2 pp. 289-292
ISSN:
1071-8443
Subject:
Amansia, Chelonia mydas, Chondrus, Gelidium, Gracilaria chorda, Grateloupia, Halophila, Lobophora variegata, plastics, seagrasses, stomach, China, South China Sea
Abstract:
This is the first identification of marine macrophytes consumed by green turtles in Hong Kong, South China Sea: 6 red algae species (Pterocladiella tenuis, Gelidium pusillum, Chondrus ocellatus, Gracilaria chorda, Grateloupia filicina, and Amansia glomerata), 1 brown alga species (Lobophora variegata), and 1 sea grass (Halophila ovalis) were identified. Plastics and other foreign materials were also found in the stomach contents of 2 of the 8 individuals sampled.
Agid:
5621428