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Eretmochelys imbricata

Hawksbill Turtle

To distinguish from the more common Green Turtle: the beak projects forward in Hawksbills, but not in Greens. Between the eyes on the top of the head there are two pairs of prefrontal scales in the Hawksbill, while Greens only have one pair of prefrontal scales. There are few, relatively large temporal scales (behind the eye) on Hawksbills, as opposed to the more numerous, smaller temporal scales on Greens.

Listed as Vulnerable EPBC Act

Listed as Critically Endangered (Global Status: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: 2018.1 list)

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Species information

  • Eretmochelys imbricata Scientific name
  • Hawksbill Turtle Common name
  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive
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