A skeletochronological study of age, growth and longevity in two freshwater turtles, Emys orbicularis and Mauremys rivulata, from Mediterranean Turkey (Reptilia: Testudines)


Çiçek K., KUMAŞ M. , Ayaz D., Tok C. V.

ZOOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, vol.62, no.1, pp.29-38, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09397140.2016.1144277
  • Title of Journal : ZOOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-38

Abstract

We estimated growth parameters of Emys orbicularis and Mauremys rivulata in Mediterranean Turkey with the skeletochronological method, using specimens drowned in fyke nets. In adult E. orbicularis, the median age was 8 years in males and 10 years in females. The median age of adult M. rivulata was 10 years for both sexes. Both species reach sexual maturity at an age of 5-7 years. No difference was found in age composition between the sexes.