The distribution of failed eggs and the appearance of fungi in artificial nest of green (Chelonia mydas) and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles

Phillott, Andrea D., and Parmenter, C. John (2001) The distribution of failed eggs and the appearance of fungi in artificial nest of green (Chelonia mydas) and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles. Australian Journal of Zoology, 49. pp. 713-718.

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Abstract

Fungi are often found on the exterior of unhatched eggs in sea turtle nests in eastern Australia. Artificial incubation of green (Chelonia mydas) and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtle eggs allowed the radiation of fungi to be monitored. Fortuitous egg mortality provided a nutrient source for common soil mycobiota (Fusarium solani and Pseudallescheria boydii) and served as a focus for the progressive spread of fungal hyphae to adjacent viable eggs. In extreme cases the entire egg mass was enveloped and resulted in nil hatch success.

Item ID: 5386
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1446-5698
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2009 23:48
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070707 Veterinary Microbiology (excl Virology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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