Scientia Marina, Vol 67, No 3 (2003)

Occurrence and genetic analysis of a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) in the Mediterranean Sea


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2003.67n3367

Jesús Tomás
Cavanilles Research Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Animal Biology, Spain

Ángela Formia
Cavanilles Research Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Animal Biology, Spain

Mercedes Fernández
School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Juan Antonio Raga
Cavanilles Research Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Animal Biology, Spain

Abstract


We report on a juvenile Kemp´s ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, captured alive by fishermen in the waters off Alicante (western Mediterranean, Spain) on October 15th 2001. The analysis of a 460 base pair fragment of the mt DNA control region revealed a perfect match with haplotype D previously described in this species. This is the second report of L. kempii in the Mediterranean basin.

Keywords


sea turtle; Lepidochelys kempii; Mediterranean; mt DNA

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