L. Olivacea Essay

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For as far back as history can see scientists have been working to uncover and categorize different organisms as they relate to groups we are currently aware of. One of the many conflicts with naming newly discovered groups is that our system for classifying is still developing. There are blurred lines and special exceptions that make scientists question what really determines a group of organisms as it’s own species. When discussing distinct species what most commonly comes up is the factor of reproduction, more accurately reproductive isolation. They are able to interbreed with individuals in their species, but produced infertile offspring when mating with other closely related groups (Cawley, 1). However, there are cases where different…show more content…
The L. olivacea is named after it’s olive and gray colored shell while the L. kempii is grayish green. The L. olivacea has heart-shaped top shell and the L. kempii has a nearly circular one. Their diets, while sharing a few favorites like crabs, fishes, and mollusks, mainly consist of their own preferences. The L. olivacea feeds on algae, lobster, tunicates, and shrimp while the L. kempii is more selective with only jellyfish on top of the foods they share. Their nutritional desires also reflect the environments they inhabit. The L. kempii prefer neritic zones, areas with a sandy or muddy bottom where its pray is plentiful. They stay mainly in the Gulf of Mexico and along Atlantic coast of the United States. The L. olivacea is found in practically all tropical regions in the world, and prefer pelagic areas which include bays and estuaries. The L. kempii rarely dive deeper than approximately 160 feet and the L. olivacea can go to depths of 500 feet (“Olive Ridley Sea Turtle.”, 585-586) (“Kemp Ridley Sea Turtle”, 580-584). What’s truly important is that even if they could successfully interbreed, there are many other things that set them apart that prove they are indeed different

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