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Loggerhead sea turtles host diverse community of miniature organisms


There is a world of life on the backs of loggerhead sea turtles, and it’s more abundant and diverse than scientists knew.

An international team led by Florida State University researchers found that more than double the number of organisms than previously observed live on the shells of these oceanic reptiles, raising important questions about loggerhead sea turtle ecology and conservation.

The study was published in the journal Diversity. MORE

Header image: Researchers collect samples of organisms living on the shells of loggerhead sea turtles during summer 2018. Credit: Matthew Ware/Florida State University.