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Field ecology of Homopus femoralis

Aim
Determining baseline information on population size, population dynamics, morphology, growth, natural diet, and reproduction, for a single population of H. femoralis. This study was started in 2006, with the selection of a study site.

Materials and methods
We used GPS, mark-recapture, radiotelemetry, radiography, and ultrasonography.

Timeframe and status
The study started in 2006 with the selection of a study site, and fieldwork ended in 2011. Papers were published until 2013.


Field site for the H. femoralis study.

Depredated H. femoralis.

Collaborators
Collaborators in this project were Retha Hofmeyr's Chelonian Biodiversity and Conservation programme at the University of the Western Cape, CapeNature, and Northern Cape Department of Environment and Nature Conservation (South Africa). Beaufort-West Hospital conducted the radiographic work. See the project proposal for details.

Finances
Total budget was circa 20,000.

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