Devin M.L.,Chabahar University of Maritime and Marine science |
Sadeghi P.,Iranian National Center for Oceanography
Zoology in the Middle East | Year: 2010
The abundances of the epibiotic barnacles Balanus amphitrite Darwin, 1854 and Chelonibia caretta Spengler, 1790 on female Hawksbill Turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766), are described from Hormoz Island, Iran. Barnacles were more frequent on the carapace (average 31 barnacles/turtle) than on the plastron and head. Significant positive correlations were found between the abundance of barnacles and the size of the turtles (straight carapace length and plastron length) but no correlation was found between the number of barnacles and head length. Habitat and individual physical and behavioural differences of Hawksbill Turtles may affect the abundance of attached barnacles. © Kasparek Verlag.