A Skeletochronological study of age, growth and longevıty in two freshwater turtles, Emys orbicularis and Mauremys rivulata from Mediterranean Region, Turkey

Çiçek K., Kumaş M., Bayrakcı Y., Ayaz D.

35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtles Biology and Conservation, Muğla, Turkey, 18 - 24 April 2015, vol.62, pp.29-38 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • Volume: 62
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09397140.2016.1144277
  • City: Muğla
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-38
  • Keywords: Mauremys rivulata, Skeletochronology, Southwestern Anatolia, growth, humeral diaphysis, longevity, Emys orbicularis, BODY-SIZE, SNAPPING TURTLES, LACERTA-AGILIS, POPULATION, TEMPERATURE, HABITATS
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


We estimated growth parameters of Emys orbicularis and Mauremys rivulata in Mediterranean Turkey with the skeletochronological method, using specimens drowned in fyke nets. In adult E. orbicularis, the median age was 8 years in males and 10 years in females. The median age of adult M. rivulata was 10 years for both sexes. Both species reach sexual maturity at an age of 5-7 years. No difference was found in age composition between the sexes.