Dietary plasticity linked to divergent growth trajectories in a critically endangered sea turtle

Matthew Ramirez, Larisa Avens, Anne Meylan, Donna Shaver, Angela Stahl, Peter Meylan, Jamie Clark, Lyndsey Howell, Brian Stacy, Wendy Teas & Kelton McMahon
Foraging habitat selection and diet quality are key factors that influence individual fitness and metapopulation dynamics through effects on demographic rates. There is growing evidence that sea turtles exhibit regional differences in somatic growth linked to alternative dispersal patterns during the oceanic life stage. Yet, the role of habitat quality and diet in shaping somatic growth rates is poorly understood. Here, we evaluate whether diet variation is linked to regional growth variation in hawksbill sea...
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