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Eretmochelys imbricata (Hawksbill; Hawksbill sea turtle)

Synonyms: Chelone imbricata; Chelonia imbricata; Chelonia radiata; Eretmochelys imbricate; Testudo imbricata

Wikipedia Abstract

The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only extant species in the genus Eretmochelys. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Indo-Pacific subspecies—E. i. imbricata and E. i. bissa, respectively.
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Eretmochelys imbricata bissa (Pacific hawksbill turtle)
Eretmochelys imbricata imbricata (Atlantic hawksbill turtle)
Eretmochelys imbricata squamata (Synonym of Eretmochelys imbricata bissa, Pacific hawksbill turtle)

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Eretmochelys imbricata


Migration [1]  Intraoceanic
Water Biome [1]  Reef
Diet [1]  Omnivore
Female Maturity [2]  3 years 6 months
Male Maturity [2]  3 years 6 months


Protected Areas


Biodiversity Hotspots

Emblem of

Antigua And Barbuda

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Epinephelus itajara (Jewfish)[4]


Range Map


Aldabra Special Reserve; Atlantic, Pazific, and Indian oceans USA (California, Massachusetts, Washington, Western Atlantic: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mi;

External References



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
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
3Spongivory in Hawksbill Turtles: A Diet of Glass, Anne Meylan, Science, New Series, Vol. 239, No. 4838 (Jan. 22, 1988), pp. 393-395
4Jorrit 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.
5Clownfish and their Host Anemones ;; NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program
6Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License