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Life Science Identifier (LSID):

urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:2d605472-979b-49b4-aed3-03a384e9f706

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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
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Conservation status
AUVulnerable
NSWVulnerable
QLDVulnerable
TASVulnerable
SAVulnerable
WAVulnerable
IUCNEndangered

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Description

Its appearance is that of a typical sea turtle. C. mydas has a dorsoventrally flattened body, a beaked head at the end of a short neck, and paddle-like arms well-adapted for swimming. Adult green turtles grow to 1.5 metres (5 ft) long. While individuals have been caught that reached weights of up to 315 kilograms (690 lb), the average weight of mature individuals is 110���190 kilograms (240���420 lb). ... source: Wikipedia

The green turtle is a large sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. Their common name derives from the green fat underneath their shell. Adult green turtles are known to grow to 1.5 m long. While individuals have been caught that reached weights of up to 315 kilograms, the average weight of mature individuals is around 200 kilograms. ... source: Marine Education Society of Australasia

A large sea-turtle that grows up to 1 m in length. Its heart-shaped shell is olive-green, brown and black, and the scales on the side of the face and limbs have distinctive pale edges. source: Office of Environment and Heritage

Online resources

BowerBird
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Citizen Science
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Lizard Island Research Station
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Marine Education Society of Australasia
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Northern Territory Threatened Species List
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OZ Animals
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Office of Environment and Heritage
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Wikipedia
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Species Lists

Migratory species - EPBC
Bonn: A1
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Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: A large green sea turtle with variegations on the shell.
Description : A large-sized green sea turtle. Overall body colour is green above with brown, red, or black variegations on the shell. Forearms are modified into large flippers. Maximum length 150 cm.
Biology : This species can be quite common along the coasts. Adults are commonly found feeding in seagrass meadows in shallow water and breed and nest on sandy beaches. Up to 100 eggs are laid in a season.
Habitat: Coastal Marine.
Native status: Native to Australia
Maximum size (cm): 150
Diet: Omnivore
Dangerous: Usually harmless, but can bite.
Colours: Green, black, brown
Distribution: Around Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Shore (0-1m),Shallow (1-30m),Deep (>30m)
Water column: Surface,Midwater,On or near seafloor
Commercial species: False
Where seen: Totally aquatic.
When seen: Active by day.
Author credit: Dane Trembath / Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory Threatened Species
Genus: Chelonia
specificEpithet: mydas
taxonID: 104
BIOCODE: 2007
conservation status code: NT
conservation status: Near Threatened
Western Australia : Conservation Status / Sensitive Species Lists
Rank: VU
category: VU
South Australia : Conservation Status
vernacular: Green Turtle
status: Endangered
sourceStatus: Vulnerable
Tasmania : Conservation Status
vernacular: Green Turtle
status: Endangered
sourceStatus: Vulnerable
Western Australia ; Conservation status
vernacular: Green Turtle
status: Endangered
sourceStatus: Vulnerable
Australia wide : Conservation Status : EPBC
vernacular: Green Turtle
status: Endangered
sourceStatus: Vulnerable
New South Wales : Conservation Status
vernacular: Green Turtle
status: Vulnerable
sourceStatus: Vulnerable
Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 37
Kingdom: animals
Class: reptiles
Family: Cheloniidae
scientificNameAuthorship: (Linnaeus, 1758)
status: Vulnerable wildlife
sourceStatus: Vulnerable wildlife
QLD_NCA_status: V
QLD_NCA_status_description: Vulnerable wildlife
EPBC_status: V
EPBC_status description: Vulnerable
Significant: Y
Endemicity: QAI
Endemicity_description: Naturally occurs in Australia and overseas

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Chelonia mydas

Synonyms

Synonyms Source
Testudo mydas Linnaeus, 1758 Linnaeus, 1758 Linnaeus, 1758
Published in: Linnaeus, C. 1758. Classis III. Amphibia. Systema Naturae per Regna tria Naturae, secundem Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentis, Synonymis, Locis. Tom.1 Editio decima, reformata pp. 824 pp. pp. 194-238
Testudo macropus Walbaum, 1782 Walbaum, 1782 Walbaum, 1782
Published in: Walbaum, J.J. 1782. Chelonographia oder Beschreibung einiger Schildkröten nach natürlichen urbildern Lübeck : J.F. Gleditsch pp. vi 132
Testudo viridis Schneider, 1783 Schneider, 1783 Schneider, 1783
Published in: Schneider, J.G. 1783. Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Schildkröten, nebst einem systematischen Verzeichnisse der einzelnen Arten Leipzig : Müller pp. xlviii 364
Testudo marina vulgaris Lacépède, 1788 Lacépède, 1788 Lacépède, 1788
Published in: Lacépède, B.G.E. 1788. Histoire naturelle des Quadrupèdes ovipares et serpens. Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, avec la description du cabinet du roi pp. 95-104
Testudo viridisquamosa Lacépède, 1788 Lacépède, 1788 Lacépède, 1788
Published in: Lacépède, B.G.E. 1788. Histoire naturelle des Quadrupèdes ovipares et serpens. Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, avec la description du cabinet du roi pp. 95-104
Testudo chloronotus Bechstein, 1800 Bechstein, 1800 Bechstein, 1800
Published in: Bechstein, J.M. 1800. Herrn de la Cépède's Naturgeschichte der Amphibien, aus dem Französischen ubersetzt und mit Anmerkungen und Zusätzen versehen von J.M. Bechstein Weimar : Landes-Industrie-Comptoir pp. xxxii 524 pp.
Testudo cepediana Daudin, 1802 Daudin, 1802 Daudin, 1802
Published in: Daudin, F.M. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des Reptiles Paris : Dufart Vol. 2 pp. 432 pp. pls 15-28
Testudo rugosa Daudin, 1802 Daudin, 1802 Daudin, 1802
Published in: Daudin, F.M. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des Reptiles Paris : Dufart Vol. 2 pp. 432 pp. pls 15-28
Chelonia virgata Schweigger, 1812 Schweigger, 1812 Schweigger, 1812
Published in: Schweigger, A.F. 1812. Prodromus monographiae Cheloniorum. Königsberger Archiv. Nat. Math. Vol. 1 pp. 271-405
Caretta cepedii Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820
Published in: Merrem, B. 1820. Versuch eines Systems Amphibien. Tentamen Systematis Amphibiorum Marburg : Krieger pp. xv 199
Caretta esculenta Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820
Published in: Merrem, B. 1820. Versuch eines Systems Amphibien. Tentamen Systematis Amphibiorum Marburg : Krieger pp. xv 199
Caretta thunbergii Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820 Merrem, 1820
Published in: Merrem, B. 1820. Versuch eines Systems Amphibien. Tentamen Systematis Amphibiorum Marburg : Krieger pp. xv 199
Chelonia lachrymata Cuvier, 1829 Cuvier, 1829 Cuvier, 1829
Published in: Cuvier, G. 1829. Le Règne Animal, distribué d'après son organisation, pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée Paris : Déterville Vol. 2, pp. i-xv + pp. 1-406
Chelonia maculosa Cuvier, 1829 Cuvier, 1829 Cuvier, 1829
Published in: Cuvier, G. 1829. Le Règne Animal, distribué d'après son organisation, pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée Paris : Déterville Vol. 2, pp. i-xv + pp. 1-406
Chelonia bicarinata Lesson, 1834 Lesson, 1834 Lesson, 1834
Published in: Lesson, R.P. 1834. Reptiles. Voyage aux Indes-Orientales, par le Nord de l'Europe pendant les Années 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828 et 1829 pp. xxxix 535 pp. pp. 289-336
Chelonia marmorata Duméril & Bibron, 1835 Duméril & Bibron, 1835 Duméril & Bibron, 1835
Published in: Duméril, A.M.C. & Bibron, G. 1835. Erpétologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles Paris : Roret Vol. 2 pp. 680 pp.
Chelonia formosa Girard, 1858 Girard, 1858 Girard, 1858
Published in: Girard, C. 1858. United States Exploring Expedition during the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, under the command of Charles Wilkes, U.S.N.: Herpetology Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Vol. 20 pp. xvi 496 pp.
Chelonia tenuis Girard, 1858 Girard, 1858 Girard, 1858
Published in: Girard, C. 1858. United States Exploring Expedition during the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, under the command of Charles Wilkes, U.S.N.: Herpetology Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Vol. 20 pp. xvi 496 pp.
Chelonia albiventer Nardo, 1864 Nardo, 1864 Nardo, 1864
Published in: Nardo, G.D. 1864. Nuova rarissima specie di Cheloniano pescato nelle nostre spiaggie: Chelonia mydas. Atti R. Ist. Veneto Sci. Lett. Art. Ser. 3 Vol. 9 pp. 1418-1427
Chelonia midas Bocage, 1866 Bocage, 1866 Bocage, 1866
Published in: Bocage, J.V.B. 1866. Lista dos reptis possessoes Portuguezas d'Africa occidental que existem no Museu de Lisboa. J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat. Vol. 1 pp. 37-56
Chelonia agassizii Bocourt, 1868 Bocourt, 1868 Bocourt, 1868
Published in: Bocourt, F. 1868. Description de quelques Chélonians nouveaux appartenant à la faune Mexicaine. Ann. Sci. Nat. Paris Ser. 5 Vol. 10 pp. 121-122
Chelonia depressa Garman, 1880
Published in: Garman, S. 1880. On certain species of Chelonioidae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard Vol. 6 pp. 123-126
Chelonia depressa Garman, 1880
Chelone viridis (Schneider, 1883)
Published in: Parker, W.K. 1880. Report on the development of the green turtle (Chelone viridis, Schneid.). Part 1. The cranium, face and cranial nerves. Report of the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873–1876, under the Command of Captain G.S. Nares and Captain F.T. Thomson. Zoology 15: 1–58
Chelone viridis (Schneider, 1883) (Schneider, 1883) (Schneider, 1883)
Chelonia lata Philippi, 1887 Philippi, 1887 Philippi, 1887
Published in: Philippi, R.A. 1887. Vorläufige Nachricht über die chilenischen Seeschildkröten und einige Fische der chilenischen Küste. Zool. Garten, Frankfurt-am-Main Vol. 28 pp. 84-85
Chelonia mydas carrinegra Caldwell, 1962 Caldwell, 1962 Caldwell, 1962
Published in: Caldwell, D.K. 1962. Sea turtles in Baja Californian waters (with special reference to those of the Gulf of California), and the description of a new subspecies of north-eastern Pacific green turtle. Los Angeles Co. Mus. Nat. Hist. Contrib. Sci. Vol. 61 pp. 1-31
Testudo nigrita Tamayo, 1962 Tamayo, 1962 Tamayo, 1962
Published in: Tamayo, J.L. 1962. Geografía general de México. Tomo III. Geografía biológica y humana México : Inst. Méx. Inv. Económicas pp. 633

Common Names

Common name Source
Green Turtle
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Working classification

kingdom
ANIMALIA
phylum
CHORDATA
subphylum
VERTEBRATA
suprageneric
GNATHOSTOMATA
class
REPTILIA
order
TESTUDINES
family
CHELONIIDAE
genus
Chelonia
species
Chelonia mydas  Recorded in Australia
subspecies
Chelonia mydas japonica  Recorded in Australia

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