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There are seven species of sea turtles worldwide. All sea turtles are protected by international legislation and are threatened or endangered worldwide.

To find more information on each turtle species follow the links on this page.

 

 

Conservation Status:

Common and Scientific Name

NT

NSW

WA

Qld

EPBC Act Status

CMS

Bonn

IUCN Red List

CITES

Ramsar

Loggerhead Turtle

Caretta caretta

 

Endangered

Endangered

Specially protected III

Endangered

Endangered; Marine; Migratory

Appendix I&II

Endangered

Appendix I and II

Benefiting species

Leatherback Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea *

 

Vulnerable

Endangered

Specially protected III

Endangered

Endangered; Marine; Migratory

Appendix I&II

Critically Endangered

Appendix I and II

Benefiting species

Olive Ridley Turtle

Lepidochelys olivacea

 

Not threatened

Not listed

Specially protected III

Endangered

Endangered; Marine; Migratory

Appendix I&II

Vulnerable

Appendix I and II

Benefiting species

Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas

 

Not threatened

Vulnerable

Specially protected III

Vulnerable

Vulnerable; Marine; Migratory

Appendix I&II

Endangered

Appendix I and II

Benefiting species

Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata

 

Not threatened

Not listed

Specially protected III

Vulnerable

Vulnerable; Marine; Migratory

Appendix I&II

Critically Endangered

Appendix I and II

Benefiting species

Flatback Turtle

Natator depressus

 

Not threatened

Not listed

Specially protected III

Vulnerable

Vulnerable; Marine; Migratory

Appendix II

Data Deficient

Appendix I and II

Benefiting species

* listed in all Australian states

 

 

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An excellent reference on sea turtle ecology is presented in "Sea Turtles: An Ecological Guide" by David Culko and Karen Eckert (2003). To purchase this book please look at our merchandise page.

 


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