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Monogamous Female Sea Turtles? Yes, Thanks To Sperm Storage

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    Female sea turtles mate multiply to ensure fertilization. A study of nesting loggerhead female sea turtles in southwest Florida used genotyping to uncover how many fathers were represented in their nests. Surprisingly, scientists found that 75 percent of the female sea turtles had mated singly. No male was represented in more than one female's clutches. Findings provide insights into the relative numbers of males present in the breeding population, which are hard to get because males never come ashore. Rsck_jflt7E.gif

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