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Hawksbill turtle

hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
Photo © Mariana Fuentes
Eretmochelys imbricata - (Linnaeus, 1766)
Pronunciation  e-RET-moh-KEE-liss   IM-bree-KAH-taah
Etymology  Eretmochelys: 'oak turtle', in reference to the (supposedly) oak-leaf-shaped flippers.1
imbricata: 'tiled', referring to the overlapping scutes of the carapace.1
Other names   
Carapace length
Species avg: 100 cm
Clutch size
Average: 50
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Abundant along the tropical coasts of northern and eastem Australia, from mid-western WA to southern Qld. Found throughout the tropical and warm temperate seas of the world.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

200 m bathymetric, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia


A common species frequently seen foraging on coral reefs.

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