Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas

Summary 4

The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), also known as the green turtle, black (sea) turtle, or Pacific green turtle, is a large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae. It is the only species in the genus Chelonia. Its range extends throughout tropical and subtropical seas around the world, with two distinct populations in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The common name comes from the usually green fat found beneath its carapace.

Diagnosis 5

A green turtle's snout is very short and its "beak" is unhooked. The sheath of the turtle's upper jaw possesses a denticulated edge, while its lower jaw has stronger, serrated, more defined denticulation. The dorsal surface of the turtle's head has a single pair of prefrontal scales. Its carapace is composed of five central scutes flanked by four pairs of lateral scutes. Underneath, the green turtle has four pairs of inframarginal scutes covering the area between the turtle's plastron and its shell. Mature C. mydas front appendages have only a single claw (as opposed to the hawksbill's two), although a second claw is sometimes prominent in young specimens. [1]

Conservation 5

Sources and Credits 5

1. Adapted by Caleb Cam from a work by (c) MarineBio, some rights reserved (non-commercial only)
http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=51

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Bernard DUPONT, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/berniedup/8504162944/
  2. (c) David Louis Burton, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/moonfish/3134470995/
  3. (c) Kris-Mikael Krister, some rights reserved (CC BY), https://www.flickr.com/photos/148835878@N08/36424133765/
  4. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/705839
  5. (c) Caleb Cam, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/705839

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