Malaclemys terrapin (Diamondback terrapin) Lepadomorph epibionts

Herpetological Review
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Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are distributed along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico (GoM) coasts of the U.S.A. (Hart et al. 2014. Conserv. Genet. DOI 10.1007/s10592-014-0563-6). Under consideration for listing in Florida and proposed for Appendix II listing by the U.S. at CoP16 (CITES), terrapin populations are declining in many parts of their range due to drowning in crab pots, road mortality, exploitation by the pet trade and habitat loss. The species has been divided into seven subspecies based on morphometric and geographic variations: M.t. terrapin, M.t. centrata, M.t. tequesta, M.t. rhizophorarum, M.t. macrospilota, M.t. pileata, and M.t. littoralis. (Ernst and Lovich 2009). Terrapins in the northern GoM are comprised primarily of the Mississippi (M.t. pileata) and ornate subspecies (M.t. macrospilota) which inhabit salt marshes across the region from approximately the Texas/Louisiana border to Naples, Florida.

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Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Malaclemys terrapin (Diamondback terrapin) Lepadomorph epibionts
Series title Herpetological Review
Volume 52
Issue 3
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 633
Last page 634
Country United States
State Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas
Other Geospatial Gulf of Mexico
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