A first step in this direction is characterizing the epizoic assemblages inhabiting their carapaces
, since species composition might be related not to only environmental conditions but also the autoecology of the turtles (Soylu, Gonulol, Sukatar, Ayaza, & Tok, 2006).
Geometric morphometric techniques were used to evaluate morphological variation in shape and size of the carapace
and right cheliped propodus.
is heavily armored, dorsoventrally flattened and relatively rough, composed of numerous small tubercles that offer favorable conditions as a biogenic surface for the settlement and growth of the oyster.
These species were used to compare de carapace
shape between clades to assign if shape is evolutionary fixed in the lineages.
Yield of chitosan from (25.67%) crab leg shells, followed by shrimp head shells (22.06%), crab carapaces
(13.81%) and finally crab claws (11.53%).
Females were longer than males among the individuals with CL less than 4 cm whereas males were larger than females in specimens with longer carapace
The total number of individual lobsters used for exposure trials were 10[degrees]C, n - 9 (5 challenged, 4 control); 15[degrees]C, n = 10 (6 challenged, 4 control); 20[degrees]C, n = 6 (5 challenged, 1 control); and they averaged 30.2 mm in carapace
length ([+ or -]0.66 mm SE) and 7.71 g ([+ or -] 1.38 g SE) in size when used for exposures.
lengths, chela height, and chela length were measured to the nearest millimeter below by using calipers.
Hatchlings were photographed alive because it was necessary to hold them for the photos to be taken orthogonally to the carapace
and plastron centre.
First, tissues of lobsters with epizootic shell disease had no pathologic changes other than on the carapaces
. Second, lobsters with epizootic shell disease effectively fight off the disease by developing an adequate immune response to the carapace
infection (see Smolowitz et al.
For the present study, carapace
lesions from wild-caught specimens of H.
of dead armadillos were collected during regular surveys of the refuge.