Marine Turtles

Jun 24, 2009

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The main cause of mortality is attributed to fisheries bycatch, and abandoned drift nets continue to drown loggerheads in unknown numbers. In the Mediterranean and the USA, habitat loss or disturbance and pollution are the main threats to this species.
In addition, Uncontrolled development has led directly to the destruction of critically important marine turtle nesting beaches. Lights from roads and buildings attract hatchlings and disorient them away from the sea. Instead of finding the ocean, the hatchlings fall prey to predators or die the following day from the heat of the sun.
Bali, Indonesia is one of the world's largest markets for marine turtles. Although Asia do not traditionally consume the meat from marine turtles, green turtle meat and products are often used in Hindu rituals and for communal meals in Bali.

Scientific Classisification
ORDER = Testudines
FAMILY = Cheloniidae, Dermochelyidae
GENUS AND SPECIES = Caretta caretta,Chelonia mydas, Dermochelys coriacea, Eretmochelys imbricata, Lepidochelys olivacea
    Caretta caretta - Loggerhead / Caouanne, Tortue caouanne
    Chelonia mydas-  Green turtle / Tortue comestible, Tortue franche, Tortue verte
    Dermochelys coriacea - Leatherback, Luth, Trunkback turtle / Tortue luth
    Eretmochelys imbricata - Hawksbill turtle / Caret, Tortue caret, Tortue imbriquee, Tortue a bec faucon, Tortue a ecailles
    Lepidochelys olivacea - Olive ridley, Pacific ridley / Ridley du pacifique, Tortue batarde, Tortue de ridley, Tortue olivatre
IUCN RED LIST = Two species under CR (Dermochelys coriacea, Eretmochelys imbricata) and three species under EN (Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas Lepidochelys olivacea)
CITES LISTING = The five species in Appendix I

Source Data with Natural History and Distribution - Available for Download

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Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.Appendices I,II and III. . Downloaded on 07 August 2007.
IUCN 2006. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 09 August 2007.


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