Vanderhaege’s toad-headed turtle (Mesoclemmys vanderhaegei) natural history is poorly known. The goal of this study was to describe the population structure of a M. vanderhaegei population in a silvicultural system in Alto Paranapanema River Basin, in Southeastern Brazil. We captured 31 individuals in funnel traps from October 2010 to April 2011 in three ponds: Lagoa Suja (n=20); Lagoão (n=6) and Açude do Cerrado (n=5). The population size of Lagoa Suja has been estimated in 26 individuals (0.65 individual/ha; 492 g/ha). Sex ratio was approximately 1:1 (?:?). Approximately half of the total population (48%) had injuries. Females were larger than males, and the overall size of both sexes in the present study were greater when compared to other populations.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
Marques, T., Lara, N. R. F., Bassetti, L. A. B., Bruno, D. O. F., Malvasio, A., & Verdade, L. (2013). Population structure of Mesoclemmys vanderhaegei (Testudines, Chelidae) in a silvicultural system in southeastern Brazil. Herpetology Notes, 6, 179-182. http://www.herpetologynotes.seh-herpetology.org/Volume6_PDFs/Marques_Herpetology_Notes_Volume6_page179-182.pdf