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


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.