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Malaclemys terrapin (Diamondback terrapin) Lepadomorph epibionts

January 1, 2020

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.

Publication Year 2020
Title Malaclemys terrapin (Diamondback terrapin) Lepadomorph epibionts
Authors Margaret Lamont, Daniel J. Catizone, Richard O'Connor, Robert Blais, Limarie Rodgriguez, Cathy Holmes
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Herpetological Review
Index ID 70230283
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center