Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chelonian Conservation & Biology Volume 12, Issue 1 (July 2013)

Editorial Introduction
Celebrating CCB's Past and Looking to the Future  


Ecology and Conservation of Marine Turtles in a Central Pacific Foraging Ground
Eleanor J. Sterling, Katherine W. McFadden, Katherine E. Holmes, Erin C. Vintinner, Felicity Arengo and Eugenia Naro-Maciel

Sea Turtles of Bocas del Toro Province and the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé, Republic of Panamá 
Anne B. Meylan, Peter A. Meylan and Cristina Ordoñez Espinosa

Characteristics of a Leatherback Nesting Beach and Implications for Coastal Development 
John H. Roe, Patricia R. Clune and Frank V. Paladino 

Strand Monitoring and Anthropological Surveys Provide Insight into Marine Turtle Bycatch in Small-Scale Fisheries of the Eastern Mediterranean
Robin T. E. Snape, Damla Beton, Annette C. Broderick, Burak A. Çiçek, Wayne J. Fuller, Özge Özden and Brendan J. Godley

Habitat Use and Diet of Astrochelys radiata in the Subarid Zone of Southern Madagascar, 
Rahantavololona Vonimanitra Juliana Rasoma, Achille P. Raselimanana, Yedidya R. Ratovonamana and Jörg U. Ganzhorn

Giant Tortoise Distribution and Abundance in the Seychelles Islands: Past, Present, and Future
Justin Gerlach, Gérard Rocamora, Julie Gane, Kevin Jolliffe and Linda Vanherck

Sex in the Half-Shell: A Review of the Functions and Evolution of Courtship Behavior in Freshwater Turtles
Yu-xiang Liu, Christina M. Davy, Hai-Tao Shi and Robert W. Murphy

Ancient Phenotypes Revealed Through Present Day Species—A Morphological Analysis of Australia's Saw-Shelled Turtles Including the Threatened Myuchelys bellii (Testudines: Chelidae)
Darren Fielder
Notes on Short-Term Movements and Dietary Spectrum of the Twist-Necked Turtle, Platemys platycephala (Testudines: Chelidae) in the Nouragues Reserve, French Guyana
Stephan Böhm

Feeding Habits of Amazonian Freshwater Turtles (Podocnemididae and Chelidae) from Peru
Bruno de Oliveira Ferronato, Carlos Ignacio Piña, Freddy Cochachez Molina, Renato A. Espinosa and Víctor R. Morales

Hatching and Emergence Patterns in the Yellow-Spotted River Turtle, Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae), in the Várzea Floodplains of the Lower Amazon River in Santarém, Brazil
Marina T. Pignati, Luana F. Fernandes, Priscila S. Miorando and Juarez C. B. Pezzuti

Effects of the Hydrological Cycle and Human Settlements on the Population Status of Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae) in the Xingu River, Brazil
Aderson de Souza Alcântara, Daniely Félix da Silva and Juarez Carlos Brito Pezzuti

Effects of Community-Based Management on Amazon River Turtles: A Case Study of Podocnemis sextuberculata in the Lower Amazon Floodplain, Pará, Brazil
Priscila Saikoski Miorando, George Henrique Rebêlo, Marina Teófilo Pignati and Juarez Carlos Brito Pezzuti

Notes and Field Reports

Mortality of Adult Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) at the Nesting Beaches of Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
Jeanne A. Mortimer and Rainer G. von Brandis
Green Turtles, Chelonia mydas, in Kuwait: Nesting and Movements
ALan F. Rees, Ali Al Hafez, Jane R. Lloyd, Nancy Papathansopoulou and Brendan J. Godley

Relative Abundance, Population Structure, and Conservation of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) in Missouri Between 1993–1994 and 2009
Timothy C. Lescher, Jeffrey T. Briggler and Zuleyma Tang-Martínez

Mitochondrial DNA Corroborates Taxonomy of the South American Chelid Turtles of the Genera Platemys and Acanthochelys
Ryan M. Huebinger, John W. Bickham, Anders G. J. Rhodin and Russell A. Mittermeier

Assisted Recovery Following Prolonged Submergence in Fishing Nets Can Be Beneficial to Turtles: An Assessment with Blood Physiology and Reflex Impairment
Melanie R. K. LeDain, Sarah M. Larocque, Lauren J. Stoot, Nicholas A. Cairns, Gabriel Blouin-Demers and Steven J. Cooke

Habitat Selection and Conservation Suggestions for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in the Upper Red River, China
Wang Jian, Shi Hai-Tao, Wen Cheng and Han Lian-Xian

Occurrence of the Endangered Keeled Box Turtle, Cuora mouhotii, in Southern Vietnam
Tri Ly, Huy Duc Hoang and Bryan L. Stuart

Sexual Dichromatism in the Northern Map Turtle, Graptemys geographica
Grégory Bulté, Ryan R. Germain, Constance M. O'Connor and Gabriel Blouin-Demers

Habitat Features Determine the Basking Distribution of Introduced Red-Eared Sliders and Native Western Pond Turtles
Max R. Lambert, Sharell N. Nielsen, Amber N. Wright, Robert C. Thomson and H. Bradley Shaffer

Home Range Characteristics and Overwintering Ecology of the Stripe-Necked Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in Middle Tennessee
Joshua R. Ennen and A. Floyd Scott

The Conservation Status of Several Endemic Mexican Kinosternid Turtles
Jacobo Reyes-Velasco, John B. Iverson and Oscar Flores-Villela

Turtle Poetry
The Turtle
by John Steinbeck

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