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


Wikipedia Abstract

Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), or the Atlantic ridley sea turtle, is the rarest species of 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


Gestation [2]  60 days
Litter Size [2]  110
Migration [1]  Intraoceanic
Water Biome [1]  Coastal
Adult Weight [2]  89.288 lbs (40.50 kg)
Diet [1]  Omnivore
Female Maturity [2]  6 years
Male Maturity [2]  6 years


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

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

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Epinephelus itajara (Jewfish)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

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 ;

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
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
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License