Globally Critically endangered (CR) (Source: IUCN Red List)

Classification
Within iNaturalist.org

All Names

  • Korean
    • 장수거북
  • Italian
    • Tartaruga liuto
  • Scientific Names
    • Dermochelys coriacea
    • Chelonia lutaria
    • Dermatochelys coriacea
    • Dermatochelys porcata
    • Dermochelis atlantica
    • Dermochelys blainville
    • Dermochelys coriacea schlegeli
    • Dermochelys schlegelii
    • Sphargis angusta
    • Sphargis coriacea
    • Sphargis coriacea schlegelii
    • Sphargis mercurialis
    • Testudo arcuata
    • Testudo coriacea
    • Testudo lyra
    • Testudo tuberculata
  • German
    • Lederschildkröte
  • English
    • Leatherback
    • Leathery Turtle
    • Luth
    • Trunkback Turtle
    • Leatherback Sea Turtle
  • French
    • Tortue Luth
    • Tortue Luth
  • Seri
    • moosnípol
  • Spanish
    • Tortuga laúd
  • Portuguese
    • Tartaruga-de-couro

Guide Colors

   

Extras

Taxonomic changes »

Taxon schemes »

Make taxonomic Flickr tags for this taxon »

Invite photos from other sites »

Wikipedia taxobox »

Search descendant taxa »

Embed a widget for this taxon on your website »

Recent observations

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

chrisrohrer

Date

June 11, 2011 10:45 PM MST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

aimeelusty

Date

November 25, 2016 11:39 AM EST

Description

Dead, washed ashore at Maidstone beach.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Date

November 10, 2016 01:39 PM PST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

wero_ostria

Date

November 3, 2012 12:59 AM CDT

Place

México (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

smuller

Date

May 26, 2014 11:37 PM EDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

carlosmorales

Date

December 31, 2015

Description

Tortugas bebes laud

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

cypseloides

Date

October 12, 2008 04:02 PM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

jheuser

Date

August 24, 2016 05:41 AM HST

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

cecychb

Date

August 15, 2016 06:19 PM YEKT

Place

México (Google, OSM)

Description

Se varo rn playa zipolite, en estado de descomposición, tenía el caparazón roto a la mitad, parecía hecho por propela

Photos / Sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

greglasley

Date

August 5, 2016 05:21 PM CDT

Description

Our last few days in Trinidad and we are in the Sangre Grande area. Leatherback Sea Turtles are well known for nesting on local beaches, but is just at the very tail end of their season. Apparently with some of these later nests, the young turtles emerge from the nests in the afternoon instead of while it is still dark, and nearly 100% fall prey to Black Vultures and Magnificent Frigatebirds as they make their way across 100 meters of sand to the sea. One of the local guys gathered up a bunch of turtles as they were emerging and saved them in a bucket for a few hours, and as it got dark they were released on the beach and allowed to make their way to the sea. It was fun to watch. One of the shots shows one of these babies in my wife's hand for size perspective.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

conuropsis

Date

July 1, 1985

Description

Large adult found nesting on the beach.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Leatherback Sea Turtle Dermochelys coriacea

Observer

crisdiaz13

Date

January 26, 2014 05:48 PM CST

Place

Costa Rica (Google, OSM)

Description

Leatherback turtle hatchling racing towards the ocean during sunset.

View all observations

Description from Wikipedia

The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), sometimes called the lute turtle or leathery turtle, is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth-heaviest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. It is the only living species in the genus Dermochelys and family Dermochelyidae. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell, hence the name. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh. Dermochelys is the...

Logo eee 15px

Conservation Summary

  • Globally
    Critically endangered (CR) (Source: IUCN Red List)
    Imperiled (G2) (Source: NatureServe)
    Imperiled. Oceanic distribution is nearly worldwide, but the number of nesting sites is few; many nesting areas have few breeding females and suffer from some human predation; range and number of occurrences have undergone reduction; recent severe population declines at some nesting locations.
No range data available.
Member of the iNaturalist Network   |   Powered by iNaturalist open source software