Limnetica 37

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FIRST REPRODUCTION REPORT OF TRACHEMYS SCRIPTA IN PORTUGAL - RIA FORMOSA NATURAL PARK, ALGARVE

Bruno Herlander Martins, Fábia Azevedo and José Teixeira
2018
37
1
61-67
DOI: 
10.23818/limn.37.06

We report the widespread occurrence of Trachemys scripta at Ria Formosa Natural Park, in sympatric conditions with native populations of Emys orbicularis and Mauremys leprosa, and the first confirmed case of successful reproduction in Portugal. The continuous naturalization reports of this invasive species, whose distribution has expanded worldwide in the last decades, confirm the need to implement urgent management measures for nature conservation, especially given the vulnerability of Emys orbicularis populations.

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