Reproduction of Lepidochelys olivacea
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Main Ref. Márquez, M.R., 1990
Spawning Frequency
Batch Spawner No
Reproductive Guild nonguarders
Brood hiders
Description of life cycle and mating behavior Mating occurs before and during nesting season near nesting beaches, along migratory routes or at the sea surface. When disturbed, they dive. It is assumed that promiscuity may occur but was not yet reported. Nesting season occurs in summer and autumn but varies from place to place. The reproductive cycle is almost annual which occurs every 14 or 28 days and repeats two to eight times per season. The mean number of eggs per clutch is around 109 eggs which usually ranges from a couple of dozen to more than 155 eggs. Incubation period extends from 45 to 65 days. Egg mean diameter ranges from 3.21 to 4.47 cm and 30 to 38 g in weight. Hatchlings ranges between 3.47 and 4.46 cm straight carapace length and from 12 to 22.3 g in body weight. Sizes and weight varies in different populations and localities (Ref. 1397). Temperature-dependent Sex Determination (TSD) is demonstrated in this species (Refs. 83974, 83976).
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