Nesting of hawksbill turtles, eretmochelys imbricata, on the islands of the arabian gulf: (Reptilia: Cheloniidae)

Saif M. Al-Ghais

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The overall nesting population of Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766)) on Jarnain and Bu Tinah islands of the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian (Persian) Gulf comprised 48 nests on Jarnain and 17 nests on Bu Tinah. The nesting season was short and extended from mid-March to mid-July, with peak nesting activity in April and May. The average clutch size was 58.6. Both percent hatching success and hatchling size showed a deceasing trend from the beginning to the end of the nesting season. This might be due to the adverse effect of increasing atmospheric temperature from 26 to 48°C and of nest temperature from 26 to 35°C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalZoology in the Middle East
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Arabian (Persian) Gulf
  • Ecology
  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Nesting biology
  • Reproduction
  • United Arab Emirates islands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Nesting of hawksbill turtles, eretmochelys imbricata, on the islands of the arabian gulf: (Reptilia: Cheloniidae)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this