Chelonia mydas agassizii   (Bocourt,  1868) (Turtle)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order:Testudines
Family:Cheloniidae

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Description
Color: Upper side dark olive brown or black, scutes of carapace shiny with radiating yellow, green and black spots; underside pale grey or whitish.

Carapace oval, depressed, its width about 88% of the length. Head small (about 20% of carapace length), with a single pair of prefrontal scutes; edge of lower jaw coarsely toothed, that of upper jaw with strong ridges on inner surface. Four pairs of lateral scutes on carapace, anterior pair not touching the precentral scute; 4 pairs of inframarginal scutes on plastron; a singles claw on each flipper.

Eggs: White, spherical, about 4.5 cm in diameter, and 38 g in weight.

Hatchlings: Length of carapace about 5 cm. Upper side brownish black, posterior portion of carapace and flippers with a white margin; underside of neck, body and flippers yellowish white.


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Pacific Green Sea Turtle (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(The flesh is marketed fresh locally. Also utilized in the preparation of subproducts such as oil, calipee and leather.)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Over exploitation)

Ecology
Habitat:  Coastal
Prey:  Sea grass

Biogeography


• Gujarat INDIA
• South West Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 5 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

Page last updated on:2010-06-04

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