A TWO-HEADED GREEN SEA TURTLE (Chelonia mydas) HATCHLING ON SAMANDAG BEACH, TURKEY


Sönmez B. , Sert M., Kayikci S., Bedirci O., Yalçın Özdilek Ş.

RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY, vol.24, pp.158-162, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Title of Journal : RUSSIAN JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.158-162

Abstract

A two headed green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) was found on Samandag Beach, Turkey in 2015 nesting season. The two heads were anatomically similar with independent reaction to external stimuli. The carapace scutes showed anomalies. Radiography was performed and the spinal column was seen to bifurcate in the area close to the caudal region. In the post mortem examination, esophagus, stomach, liver, lung, heart and trachea were duplicated. The two headed green turtle was subclassified as teratodidymus. Dicephalism rarely occurs in sea turtle and perhaps genetic factors may play a significant role for this two headed green sea turtle.