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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Herrera-Pavon (2001) reported the nesting of Caretta caretta and Eretmochelys imbricata at Cayo Lobos and Cayo Norte Mayor, and observed tracks of Chelonia mydas and Dermochelys coriacea on the beach of Cayo Lobos and Cayo Norte Mayor, respectively, which would suggest a sporadic nesting of these species in the reserve.
Especie EMA n Min Max Prom DS Chelonia mydas Sub-adulto 60 53 81 64,2 5,4 Adulto 1 90 -- -- -- Total 61 53 90 64,7 6,3 Dermochelys coriacea Sub-adulto 4 99 122 115,5 11,0 Total 4 99 122 115,5 11,0 Eretmochelys imbricata Sub-adulto 1 34 -- -- -- Total 1 34 -- -- -- Lepidochelys olivacea Sub-adulto 22 48 63,5 59,9 3,5 Adulto 7 65 75 68,1 3,5 Total 29 48 75 61,9 4,9 n: numero de ejemplares; Min.
Tortugas de Colombia: (a) Caretta caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758), (b) Chelonia mydas mydas (Linnaeus, 1758), (c) Eretmochelys imbricata imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766); ilustraciones por gentileza de la FAO.
Diving behavior and movements of juvenile hawksbill turtles Eretmochelys imbricata on a Caribbean coral reef.
Amphiorchis indicus was found in the liver of a sea turtle specimen Eretmochelys imbricata Linnaeus 1758 in India (Gupta and Mehrotra, 1981).
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Monitoring organic and inorganic pollutants in juvenile live sea turtles: results from a study of Chelonia mydas and Eretmochelys imbricata in Cape Verde.
Gonadic histology and phenotypical maturation criteria in the marine turtles Chelonia mydas and Eretmochelys imbricata (Testudines: Chelonidae) from Cuba.
Tropical sponges also provide an important food source for hawksbill sea turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata, (Witzell, 1983).
Testing models of female reproductive migratory behaviour and population structure in the Caribbean Hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, with mtDNA sequences.