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

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Andrea PhillottAndrea Phillott, Clifford ParmenterClifford Parmenter
Fungi are often found on the exterior of unhatched eggs in sea turtle nests in eastern Australia. Artificial incubation of green (Chelona 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.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

49

Issue

6

Start Page

713

End Page

718

Number of Pages

6

ISSN

0004-959X

Location

Melbourne, Victoria

Publisher

CSIRO

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Australian journal of zoology.