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1 May 2009 The Occurrence of Ectopic Cloaca Deformity in the Green Turtle in Eastern Australia
Colin J. Limpus, Jeffrey D. Miller, Duncan J. Limpus
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We report on a green turtle, Chelonia mydas, captured along central coastal Queensland, Australia, that had a cloacal opening on the dorsal side of its tail. Here we describe the internal anatomy and possible embryonic development of this abnormality and discuss the functional and reproductive implications for this turtle. To our knowledge, this is the first report of an ectopic cloaca (supra-caudal vent) deformity occurring within any turtle, tortoise, or terrapin species.

Colin J. Limpus, Jeffrey D. Miller, and Duncan J. Limpus "The Occurrence of Ectopic Cloaca Deformity in the Green Turtle in Eastern Australia," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 8(1), 100-101, (1 May 2009). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0722.1
Received: 11 December 2007; Accepted: 1 March 2009; Published: 1 May 2009
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