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Epibiotic barnacles and crabs as indicators of Caretta caretta distribution and movements in the Mediterranean Sea
Casale, P.; Freggi, D.; Basso, R.; Argano, R. (2004). Epibiotic barnacles and crabs as indicators of Caretta caretta distribution and movements in the Mediterranean Sea. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 84(5): 1005-1006
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
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Keywords
    Distribution; Motion; Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; MED, Italy [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Casale, P.
  • Freggi, D.
  • Basso, R.
  • Argano, R.

Abstract
    The occurrence of barnacles and crabs on Caretta caretta specimens found in the waters around Italy was analysed. In the seas surrounding Italy balanomorph barnacles occur mainly on turtles frequenting shallow waters and crabs display a strong west-east gradient. Patterns of turtle distribution and movements are proposed. The abundance of turtle-specific barnacles may be dependent on, and so an indicator of, turtle density.

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