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Lepidochelys kempii (Atlantic Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle; Atlantic Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley Seaturtle)

Synonyms: Chelonia dussumierii; Lepidochelys kempi; Lepidochelys olivacea kempi; Testudo mydas minor; Testudo viridisquamosa; Thalassochelys kempii; Thalassochelys kempii colpochelys

Wikipedia Abstract

Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), or Atlantic ridley sea turtle is the rarest sea turtle and is critically endangered. It is one of two living species in the genus Lepidochelys (the other one being L. olivacea, the olive ridley sea turtle).
View Wikipedia Record: Lepidochelys kempii

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Lepidochelys kempii

Attributes

Adult Weight [2]  89.29 lbs (40.50 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  6 years
Male Maturity [2]  6 years
Diet [1]  Omnivore
Gestation [2]  60 days
Litter Size [2]  110
Migration [1]  Intraoceanic
Water Biome [1]  Coastal

Ecoregions

Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Use
Amazon-Orinoco-Southern Caribbean mangroves Brazil, Columbia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela Neotropic Mangroves  
Greater Negros-Panay rain forests Philippines Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Guajira-Barranquilla xeric scrub Colombia, Venezuela Neotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands  
Luzon rain forests Philippines Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Mindanao-Eastern Visayas rain forests Philippines Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Mindoro rain forests Philippines Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Palawan rain forests Philippines Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Sulu Archipelago rain forests Philippines Indo-Malayan Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Veracruz moist forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Braunton Burrows 3328 England, United Kingdom
Canaveral National Seashore II 9090 Florida, United States
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge IV 8964 South Carolina, United States
Carolinian-South Atlantic Biosphere Reserve 310228 North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, United States      
Central Gulf Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 40530 United States  
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Colonial National Historic Park National Historical Park V 9316 Virginia, United States
Cumberland Island National Seashore II 20629 Georgia, United States
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Fal and Helford 15785 England, United Kingdom    
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Gateway National Recreation Area V 1807 New Jersey, United States
Isles of Scilly Complex 66350 England, United Kingdom    
Kenfig/ Cynffig 2945 Wales, United Kingdom
Little St. Simons Island   Georgia, United States
Padre Island National Seashore II 42068 Texas, United States
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
South Atlantic Coastal Plain Biosphere Reserve 20317 South Carolina, United States  
Virginia Coast Biosphere Reserve 33386 Virginia, United States  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama No

Prey / Diet

Abylopsis tetragona[3]
Aegires ortizi[3]
Aequorea macrodactyla[3]
Aglaura hemistoma (Coral)[3]
Aplysia parvula (pygmy seahare)[3]
Arenaeus cribrarius (speckled swimming crab)[3]
Atagema browni[3]
Callinectes sapidus (blue crab)[4]
Calliostoma javanicum (chocolate-line topsnail)[3]
Cancer plebejus (Atlantic rock crab)[4]
Cassis tuberosa (Caribbean helmet)[3]
Ceratophyllidia papilligera[3]
Chelonibia patula (Crab barnacle)[4]
Coralliophila aberrans (globose coralsnail)[3]
Coralliophila caribaea (Caribbean coralsnail)[3]
Coryrhynchus sidneyi (shortfinger neck crab)[3]
Crassostrea virginica (American cupped oyster)[4]
Cymatium femorale (angular triton)[3]
Cypraecassis testiculus (reticulate cowrie-helmet)[3]
Dendrodoris krebsii (Kreb's doris)[3]
Dermomurex pauperculus (beggar aspella)[3]
Diodora dysoni (Dyson's keyhole limpet)[3]
Diphyes bojani[3]
Domecia acanthophora (elkhorn coral crab)[3]
Eoacmaea pustulata (spotted limpet)[3]
Ericerodes gracilipes (unicorn neck crab)[3]
Erosaria spurca (Dirty Cowry)[3]
Eudoxoides spiralis[3]
Eulithidium thalassicola (turtlegrass pheasant)[3]
Faughnia haani (Mantis shrimp)[4]
Felimida clenchi (harlequin blue doris)[3]
Garthiope barbadensis (prickly mud crab)[3]
Geitodoris pusae[3]
Gnathophylloides mineri (squat urchin shrimp)[3]
Hexabranchus morsomus[3]
Hexapanopeus caribbaeus (Caribbean mud crab)[3]
Lensia subtiloides[3]
Lithopoma caelatum (carved starsnail)[3]
Lithopoma tectum (West Indian starsnail)[3]
Lithopoma tuber (green starsnail)[3]
Lobatus costatus (milk conch)[3]
Lobatus gallus (roostertail conch)[3]
Lobatus gigas (pink or queen conch)[3]
Luria cinerea (atlantic gray cowrie)[3]
Macrocypraea zebra (measled cowrie)[3]
Micropanope nuttingi (beaded mud crab)[3]
Microphrys antillensis (lobed decorator crab)[3]
Microphrys bicornutus (speck-claw decorator crab)[3]
Microphrys interruptus[3]
Mithraculus cinctimanus (banded clinging crab)[3]
Mithraculus ruber[3]
Mithraculus sculptus (green clinging crab)[3]
Mithrax aculeatus[3]
Mithrax hemphilli[3]
Mithrax holderi[3]
Mithrax spinosissimus (channel clinging crab)[3]
Mithrax verrucosus (paved clinging crab)[3]
Modulus modulus (buttonsnail)[3]
Monoplex nicobaricus (goldmouth triton)[3]
Monoplex pilearis (hairy triton)[3]
Mytilus edulis (Blue mussel)[4]
Neverita duplicata (shark eye)[4]
Ovalipes ocellatus (ocellate lady crab)[4]
Pachycheles riisei (Riise porcelain crab)[3]
Pachygrapsus transversus (mottled shore crab)[3]
Paguristes cadenati (red reef hermit)[3]
Paguristes grayi (Gray's hermit crab)[3]
Paguristes tortugae (bandeye hermit)[3]
Pagurus bonairensis[3]
Pagurus brevidactylus (Hermit crab)[3]
Paraliomera dispar (black coral crab)[3]
Paraliomera longimana (longarm coral crab)[3]
Parapinnixa bouvieri[3]
Parapinnixa hendersoni[3]
Periclimenes pedersoni (Pederson cleaner shrimp)[3]
Persephona mediterranea (mottled purse crab)[4]
Petrolisthes galathinus (banded porcelain crab)[3]
Petrolisthes jugosus (redwhite porcelain crab)[3]
Phrontis vibex (bruised nassa)[4]
Pilumnus diomedeae[3]
Pilumnus gemmatus (tuberculate hairy crab)[3]
Pilumnus holosericus (roseate hairy crab)[3]
Pilumnus lacteus (velvet hairy crab)[3]
Pilumnus longleyi (studded hairy crab)[3]
Pilumnus marshi (quadrate hairy crab)[3]
Pilumnus pannosus (beaded hairy crab)[3]
Pilumnus reticulatus[3]
Pilumnus sayi (spineback hairy crab)[3]
Pitho aculeata (massive urn crab)[3]
Pitho lherminieri (broadback urn crab)[3]
Pitho quadridentata[3]
Pitho sexdentata[3]
Platydoris angustipes (Common leather doris)[3]
Podochela riisei[3]
Ruppia maritima (Ditch grass)[4]
Smaragdia viridis (emerald nerite)[3]
Stenorhynchus seticornis (yellowline arrow crab)[3]
Stylocheilus longicauda (blue-ring seahare)[3]
Tegula lividomaculata (West Indian tegula)[3]
Tozeuma carolinense (arrow shrimp)[3]
Tritia obsoleta (eastern mudsnail)[4]
Tritia trivittata (threeline mudsnail)[4]
Turbo castanea (chestnut turban)[3]
Zostera marina (Eel Grass)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Albula vulpes (Bonefish)1
Ariopsis felis (Sea catfish)1
Aythya americana (Redhead)1
Bucephala islandica (Barrow's Goldeneye)1
Calidris canutus (Red Knot)1
Calidris maritima (Purple Sandpiper)1
Carcharhinus obscurus (Whaler shark)3
Carcharhinus plumbeus (Thickskin shark)3
Carcinus maenas (green crab)1
Caretta caretta (Loggerhead)13
Centropomus undecimalis (Thin snook)1
Centropristis striata (Sea bass)1
Citharichthys arctifrons (Gulf Stream flounder)1
Clangula hyemalis (Oldsquaw)1
Crossaster papposus (spiny sun star, common sun star)1
Ctenolabrus rupestris (Rock cook)1
Cynoscion regalis (Weakfish)1
Dasyatis americana (Kit)1
Dipturus laevis (Barndoor skate)1
Gadus morhua (rock cod)1
Hippoglossina oblonga (Fourspot flounder)1
Lagodon rhomboides (Salt-water bream)1
Leucoraja erinacea (common skate)3
Leucoraja garmani (Freckled skate)1
Limnodromus griseus (Short-billed Dowitcher)2
Menticirrhus saxatilis (Northern kingfish)2
Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croacker)2
Mustelus canis (Dogfish)2
Myoxocephalus aenaeus (Little sculpin)1
Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus (Sea raven)1
Paralichthys dentatus (fluke)2
Prionotus carolinus (Searobin)1
Prionotus evolans (Striped searobin)2
Pseudopleuronectes americanus (rough flounder)3
Rachycentron canadum (Sergent fish)2
Raja eglanteria (Clearnose skate)2
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae (Atlantic sharp-nosed shark)2
Sciaenops ocellatus (Spotted bass)3
Somateria mollissima (Common Eider)1
Stenotomus chrysops (Scup)1
Tautoga onitis (Tautog)2
Tautogolabrus adspersus (Sea perch)2
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)1
Urophycis regia (Spotted hake)1

Predators

Epinephelus itajara (Jewfish)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

    Maps
Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Albuquerque Biological Park
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Fort Worth Zoological Park
Living Seas
Minnesota Zoological Garden
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
New England Aquarium
Virginia Aquarium&Marine Science Ctr

Range Map

Carribean Sea, Atlantic Ocean (EC/NE/NW/WC), occasionally on the coasts of France, Spain, England; SE Mexico (Yucatan) Colombia [Castro,F. (pers. comm.)], USA (chiefly gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Atlantic coast as far north as ;

Photos

Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at animaldiversity.org
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4HISTORICAL DIET ANALYSIS OF LOGGERHEAD (CARETTA CARETTA) AND KEMP’S RIDLEY (LEPIDOCHELYS KEMPI) SEA TURTLES IN VIRGINIA, Erin E. Seney, A Thesis Presented to The Faculty of the School of Marine Science The College of William and Mary in Virginia (2003)
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Images provided by Google Image Search
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access