An overview about the seven species of sea turtles > Click on picture or map to see enlarged view!
|Picture||Distribution Map||Common & Scientific Name||Habitat
|Conservation Status (IUCN)||Link to Wikipedia|
|Open ocean||Overall status: Vulnerable
Four subpopulations are listed as critically endangered:
East Pacific, West Pacific
Southwest Indian Ocean, Southwest Atlantic
|Leatherback on Wiki|
|Open ocean, various habitats in shallow coastal waters including rocky shores||Vulnerable||Loggerhead on Wiki|
|Green Sea Turtle
juveniles in and around coral reefs, adults in algae covered areas or seagrass meadows
|Endangered||Green Turtle on Wiki|
See *annotation below table!
|Shallow lagoons, coral reefs||Critically Endangered||Hawksbill on Wiki|
|Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
|Open ocean||Vulnerable||Olive Ridley on Wiki|
|Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
|Open ocean, various habitats in shallow coastal waters||Critically Endangered||Kemp's Ridley on Wiki|
|Prefers shallow, soft-bottomed tropical and subtropical waters, sea grass meadows, estuaries||Unknown/Data Deficient
Protected under CITES in Australia
|Flatback on Wiki|
*Hawksbill distribution map: Confirmed sightings in the Mediterranean Sea are extremely rare, please read the following article: Hawksbill Turtles in the Mediterranean Sea (Marine Turtle Newsletter; Laboratoire Reptiles et Amphibiens, Museum national d'Histoire naturelle; Paris; 1991)
For this reason we have given the Mediterranean Sea a different colour than that shown in the Wikipedia map and placed a question mark there.
Additionally we have changed the colour of the Black Sea to white, records of confirmed sightings of hawksbills in the Black Sea don't exist to our knowledge.
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