Pivotal range and thermosensitive period of the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta (Testudines : Carettochelydidae), from northern Australia
Understanding temperature-dependent sex determination in nature often depends on knowledge of species-specific attributes that are integrated into the relationship between temperature and sex. We determined two such attributes for the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta Ramsay, 1886, in tropical Australia: the pivotal range in temperature that separates the male-producing domain from the female-producing domain, and the thermosensitive period during which the embryonic sex is influenced by temperature. The pivotal range for C. insculpta was very narrow, spanning only about 1degreesC, and was centered on 32 degreesC, which is high but consistent with temperatures reported for other tropical species. The thermosensitive period spanned developmental stages 17-21 for temperature influence in the direction of maleness and 18-21 for temperature influence in the direction of femaleness. This period is slightly narrower than that for other reptile species but broadly consistent with the middle third of incubation.
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Young, J. E., Georges, A., Doody, J. S., West, P. B., & Alderman, R. L. (2004). Pivotal range and thermosensitive period of the pig-nosed turtle, carettochelys insculpta (testudines: Carettochelydidae), from northern australia. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 82(8), 1251-1257. https://doi.org/10.1139/z04-105
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