Caretta caretta


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Caretta caretta
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Loggerhead
French Tortue Caouanne, Caouanne
Spanish Cayuma, Tortuga Boba
Testudo caretta Linnaeus, 1758

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A1abd ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Marine Turtle Specialist Group
Documentation about the rationale for listing, habitats, threats, etc. is not yet available.

Geographic Range [top]

Albania; Algeria; Australia; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belize; Brazil; Cayman Islands; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Cyprus; Dominican Republic; Egypt; Eritrea; France; Greece; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Indonesia; Israel; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Libya; Madagascar; Mexico; Montserrat; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; New Caledonia; Nicaragua; Oman; Panama; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Saint Lucia; Senegal; South Africa; Spain (Canary Is.); Sri Lanka; Tunisia; Turkey; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States; Uruguay; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Virgin Islands, British
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – western central; Atlantic – northeast; Atlantic – eastern central; Atlantic – southwest; Atlantic – southeast; Atlantic – northwest; Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Pacific – southeast; Pacific – northeast; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – western central; Pacific – southwest
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Terrestrial nest sites
Systems: Terrestrial; Marine

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix I.

Citation: Marine Turtle Specialist Group 1996. Caretta caretta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 27 August 2015.
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