Special Issue "Advances in the Biology and Conservation of Turtles"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Interests: chelonian ecology and conservation
The approximately 356 species of testudines (turtles) are remarkable for their blend of phylogenetic conservatism and diversity. A few species thrive in the Anthropocene, yet many are among the most highly endangered vertebrates. Turtles have wide-spread public charisma, yet populations are hunted to near extinction for imaginary medicinal properties. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in research into the biology and conservation of turtles globally, especially regarding species that previously have received relatively little attention. New research has been aided by the use of traditional and cutting-edge techniques, from the use of tracking dogs to drones and eDNA. The development of well-supported turtle phylogenies makes interspecific comparisons particularly appealing. This Special Issue provides a venue to highlight relatively novel and robust analyses and experiments involving turtles—understudied species, interspecific comparisons, new or neglected techniques. Each manuscript should have clear conservation implications.
Prof. Russell L. Burke
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