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Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-backed Terrapin

edited by Willem M. Roosenburg and Victor S. Kennedy

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A fascinating look at the diamond-backed terrapin—an important, iconic, and imperiled American reptile.

The diamond-backed terrapin is not only a uniquely evolved and beautiful turtle, it also has a long history as a vital American food source. Once so numerous that people reportedly grew tired of eating them, diamond-backed terrapins are greatly reduced in numbers today and have become an icon of salt marsh conservation. Considerably diminished in some areas and struggling to survive, this distinctive brackish water turtle is the focus of intense conservation efforts.

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A fascinating look at the diamond-backed terrapin—an important, iconic, and imperiled American reptile.

The diamond-backed terrapin is not only a uniquely evolved and beautiful turtle, it also has a long history as a vital American food source. Once so numerous that people reportedly grew tired of eating them, diamond-backed terrapins are greatly reduced in numbers today and have become an icon of salt marsh conservation. Considerably diminished in some areas and struggling to survive, this distinctive brackish water turtle is the focus of intense conservation efforts.

In Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-backed Terrapin, leading terrapin researcher Willem M. Roosenburg and experienced science editor Victor S. Kennedy have brought together a group of expert scientists to summarize our current understanding of terrapin biology, physiology, behavior, and conservation efforts. Over the course of 19 comprehensive chapters, contributors

• review the latest information on this charismatic species
• provide a detailed summary of the terrapin's natural history
• explain the threats to terrapin population stability throughout their range
• examine ongoing conservation efforts to ensure the reptile's survival
• present convincing arguments for the value of the diamond-backed terrapin as an estuarine indicator organism
• use the terrapin as a model for studying the consequences of exploitation and environmental degradation on long-lived species

This exceptional book provides pivotal information for estuarine and turtle biologists, terrapin enthusiasts, natural historians, educators, conservationists, resource managers, and students. Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-backed Terrapin is the definitive volume on this important American reptile.

Contributors: Benjamin K. Atkinson, Harold W. Avery, Patrick J. Baker, Ralph E.J. Boerner, Russell L. Burke, Joseph A. Butler, Randolph M. Chambers, Paul E. Converse, Brian A. Crawford, Rusty D. Day, Dana J. Ehret, J. Whitfield Gibbons, Kathryn M. Greene, Leigh Anne Harden, Andrew S. Harrison, Kristen M. Hart, George L. Heinrich, Dawn K. Holliday, Victor S. Kennedy, Shawn R. Kuchta, Lori A. Lester, Jeffrey E. Lovich, John C. Maerz, David Owens, Allen R. Place, Taylor Roberge, Willem M. Roosenburg, Richard A. Seigel, Amanda Southwood Williard, Edward A. Standora, Anton D. Tucker, Diane C. Tulipani, Timothy J. Walsh, Thane Wibbels, Will Williams, Roger C. Wood

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This collection of 18 scholarly papers makes a detailed summary of the terrapin's natural history, threats to the population, ongoing conservation efforts and the value of the terrapin as an indicator of the quality of an estuarine system... This book should provide lots of technical and public support for efforts to improve the outlook for terrapins as natural treasures for future generations.

A broad and rich overview on the biology of this turtle... In many cases, the specific details around Diamond-back terrapin threats or issues are relevant to other turtle species, making this a highly recommended book for anyone working in turtle biology or conservation.

This is a very readable and informative text on a fascinating terrapin.

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296
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9781421426266
Illustration Description
42 halftones, 23 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface

1. Introduction and History
J. Whitfield Gibbons

Part I. Biology and Ecology
2. Capture, Measurement, and Field Techniques
Willem M. Roosenburg and Russell L. Burke

3. Evolutionary History and

Preface

1. Introduction and History
J. Whitfield Gibbons

Part I. Biology and Ecology
2. Capture, Measurement, and Field Techniques
Willem M. Roosenburg and Russell L. Burke

3. Evolutionary History and Paleontological Record
Dana J. Ehret and Benjamin K. Atkinson

4. Taxonomy: A History of Controversy and Uncertainty
Jeffrey E. Lovich and Kristen M. Hart

5. Molecular Ecology and Phylogeography
Paul E. Converse and Shawn R. Kuchta

6. Life History with Emphasis on Geographic Variation
Jeffrey E. Lovich, J. Whitfield Gibbons, and Kathryn M. Greene

7. Reproductive Behavior and Ecology
Joseph A. Butler, Russell L. Burke, and Willem M. Roosenburg

8. Hatchling Behavior and Overwintering
Patrick J. Baker, Ralph E. J. Boerner, and Roger C. Wood

9. Osmoregulation
Leigh Anne Harden and Amanda Southwood Williard

10. Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination
Thane Wibbels, Taylor Roberge, and Allen R. Place

11. Foraging Ecology and Habitat Choice
Anton D. Tucker, Russell L. Burke, and Diane C. Tulipani

12. Environmental Toxicology
Dawn K. Holliday, Rusty D. Day, and David Owens

Part II. Fisheries and Conservation Challenges
13. History of Commercial Fisheries and Artificial Propagation
Victor S. Kennedy

14. Conservation in Terrestrial Habitats: Mitigating Habitat Loss, Road Mortality, and Subsidized Predators
John C. Maerz, Richard A. Seigel, and Brian A. Crawford

15. Interactions with Motorboats
Lori A. Lester, Harold W. Avery, Andrew S. Harrison, and Edward A. Standora

16. Bycatch in Blue Crab Fisheries
Randolph M. Chambers and John C. Maerz

17. Conservation through Environmental Education
George L. Heinrich, Timothy J. Walsh, and Will Williams

18. Habitat Restoration and Head-starting
Willem M. Roosenburg

19. The Future for Diamond-backed Terrapins
Joseph A. Butler and Willem M. Roosenburg

Contributors
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

Willem M. Roosenburg

Willem M. Roosenburg is the director of the Ohio Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies and a professor of biological sciences at Ohio University.
Featured Contributor

Victor S. Kennedy

Victor S. Kennedy is emeritus professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. He is a coeditor of Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-backed Terrapin, The Eastern Oyster: Crassostrea virginica, and The Blue Crab: Callinectes sapidus.