Full title: Demography and assessment of the impact of invasive alien freshwater turtles in the French West Indies - DEVIMTOR

Aims: To study the demography and diet of three invasive exotic freshwater turtles.

Location: Guadeloupe and Martinique

Dates: 2024-2026

Summary: The aim of the project is to study three species of invasive freshwater turtles in Guadeloupe and Martinique: the African slider (Pelusios castaneus), the Antillean slider (Trachemys stejnegeri) and the Yellow-bellied slider turtle (Trachemys scripta). It is based on various techniques, such as the analysis of environmental DNA to estimate the spatial distribution of the species, genetic analyses of their diet, and the use of telemetry methods to collect data to assess the influence of various factors, particularly anthropogenic ones, on the spatial expansion of these turtle populations. This project is being carried out with the financial support of the Office français de la biodiversité (OFB).

Species studied

The project is focusing on three species: the African slider (Pelusios castaneus), native to Africa, the Antillean slider (Trachemys stejnegeri), native to Puerto Rico, and the Yellow-bellied slider turtle (Trachemys scripta), originating from the United States of America and Mexico and listed among the 100 most invasive species in the world.

African slider (Pelusios castaneus)

Antillean slider (Trachemys stejnegeri)

Yellow-bellied slider turtle (Trachemys scripta)

Click on the photos for more information on these species, or download a description file from a previous project on invasive alien reptiles:

Project partners

The DEVIMTOR project is carried out by the Caribaea Initiative association, in collaboration with Nathalie Duporges (a private consultancy, communications and technical & scientific support company based in Martinique) and UMR BOREA, a research laboratory at the Université des Antilles in Guadeloupe. The project has received financial support from the Office français de la Biodiversité (OFB), among other research-action projects focusing on Invasive Alien Species.