The goal of this study was to test the effectiveness of analyzing sex hormone profiles to sex green sea turtle ( Chelonia mydas ) hatchlings. To assess the efficacy of this method, 200 eggs of C. mydas were incubated at five different temperatures, and a chemiluminescent immunoassay system was used to determine the sex hormone profiles (estrogen and testosterone) in the amniotic fluid (from eggshells) and plasma of a subset of C. mydas hatchlings. Results were compared to a standard histological technique and revealed that evaluating sex hormone profiles from amniotic fluid is an effective, noninvasive technique for determining hatchling gender.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Chelonian Conservation and Biology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2011|