Hawksbill Turtle

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Hawksbill Turtle

 

(Eretmochelys imbricata), a reptile of the family Chelonidae. The length of the shell is up to 85 cm. The dorsal shield is dark brown or chestnut colored with a yellow or rose design of spots and rays; the ventral shield is yellow.

The hawksbill turtle is found in all tropical and subtropical seas. It feeds on mollusks and fish, and partly on water plants. It leaves the water only during reproduction. Each year the female hawksbill turtles deposit more than 100 eggs on low sandy banks. The development lasts approximately 60 days. The horny shields which cover the hawksbill turtle’s shell (known as tortoiseshell) are highly valued and have long been an object of commerce. Hawksbill turtles are caught on the shore during reproduction, often before they can deposit their eggs. As a result of increased annihilation, the number of hawksbill turtles has decreased sharply. The flesh is not used as food.

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The status of the hawksbill Eretmochelys imbricata and green turtle Chelonia mydas of Melaka and Negeri Sembilan.
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7 0,5 moreletii Tortugas de mar Cheloniidae no 247 16 identificado Caretta caretta Chelonia mydas 49 3,2 Eretmochelys 31 2 imbricata Eretmochelys o 16 1 Chelonia Tortugas Dermatemys mawii 1 0,1 de tierra Kinosternon spp.
Eretmochelys imbricata no registro varamientos, posiblemente porque no interactuo con la pesqueria costera, ya que esta presenta habitos oceanicos (Hays-Brown & Brown 1982).
Other closely related groups are the Cheloniidae (Puppigerus, Natador, Lepidochelys, Chelonia, Eretmochelys, Caretta, Eochelone) and Osteopygis, Mesodermochelys and Corsochelys as well as the Protostegidae (Archelon, Chelosphargis, Desmatochelys) and Allopleuron.
2 21 Thecadactylus rupicauda Lagarto 1,2 Familia IGUANIDAE 22 Anolis biporcatus Lagarto 1,4 23 Anolis tropidogaster Lagarto-Lobito 1,4 24 Basiliscus basiliscus Pasarroyo 1,2 25 Iguana iguana Iguana 1,2 Familia SC1NCIDAE 26 Mabouya mabouya Lagarto azul 1,2 Familia TEIIDAE 27 Ameiva ameiva Lagarto 1,2 28 Cnemidophorus lemniscatus Lagarto 1,2 29 Tupinambis teguixin Lobo pollero 1,2 Orden CROCODYLIA Familia ALLIGATORIDAE 30 Caiman crocodilus fuscus Babilla 1,2 Familia CROCODYLIDAE 31 Crocodylus acutus Caiman Aguja 1,2,3 Orden TESTUDINATA Familia CHELONIDAE 32 Eretmochelys imbricata Tortuga Carey 1 (km 36) Familia DERMOCHELYIDAE 33 Dermochelys coriaceae Tortuga Canal l(km.
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Reproductive biology of the hawksbill, Eretmochelys imbricata, at Tortuguero, Costa Rica, with notes on the ecology of the species in the Caribbean.
This aspect is remarkable in relation to the natural hybrids between Chelonia mydas and Eretmochelys imbricata, too.