Galapagos Species Checklist

Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)

Tortuga prieta, Tortuga marina verde, East Pacific Green Turtle

Photo: Inti Keith, CDF.
Photo: Inti Keith, CDF.

Taxonomy

Domain
Eukaryota

Kingdom
Animalia

Phylum
Chordata

Class
Reptilia

Order
Testudines

Family
Cheloniidae

Genus
Chelonia

Species
mydas

Taxon category: Accepted

Syn.: Chelonia mydas mydas (Linnaeus, 1758), Chelonia agassizii Bocourt, 1868, Testudo mydas Linnaeus, 1758, Chelonia mydas agassizii Bocourt, 1868, Chelonia agassizi Bocourt, 1868. There are two morphotypes in Galapagos: Black and Yellow turtle. Also, there are a discussion if this species is a subspecies Chelonia mydas agassizii.

Taxon origin: Native

Status

Endangered

Distribution

Distribution: Widespread throughout the entire tropical Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. The morph know as Black Turtle is restricted to the Pacific Ocean.

References

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