Sex ratio of immature Kemp's ridley turtles Lepidochelys kempi] from Gullivan Bay, Ten Thousand Islands, south-west Florida

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  • The sex ratio of 100 immature Kemp's ridley turtles (Lepidochelys kempi) captured in Gullivan Bay, Ten Thousand Islands, south-west Florida was determined through radioimmunoassay analysis (RIA) of plasma testosterone levels. We determined the sex ratio to be 1.9F:1.0M, corroborating the female dominance reported from other studies. The mean sizes of female (N=57) and male turtles (N = 30) were 40.9 cm (±6.9 SD) and 41.9 cm (±6.2 SD), respectively. There were an additional 13 turtles (41.3 cm ±6.5 SD) for which sex could not be determined by this technique. Female-biased sex ratios are not uncommon in reptiles with temperature dependent sex determination. If fecundity is not male-limited, the occurrence of a female-biased sex ratio could enhance the recovery of the endangered Kemp's ridley turtle.
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  • Witzell WN; Geis AA; Schmid JR; Wibbels T
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  • 205
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  • 85
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