ABSTRACT

We report on the first confirmed occurrence of Lepidochelys olivacea nesting in Ecuador based on the presence of eggshells and the identification of a late-stage embryo at a beach located in Manta (lat 0.94°S, long 80.7°W), Manabí Province, Ecuador, in October 2004. This is the second-most-southerly record of olive ridley nesting on the Pacific coast of South America.

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