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Olive ridley turtle

olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Aurukun, Queensland
Photo © Brian Ross
Lepidochelys olivacea - (Eschscholtz, 1829)
Pronunciation  LEP-id-oh-KEE-lis   ol-iv-AH-say-ah
Etymology  Lepidochelys: 'scaly-turtle'.
olivacea: 'olive-coloured'.
Other names  Olive ridley turtle
 
 
Carapace length
Species avg: 70 cm
Reproduction
Oviparous
Clutch size
Average: 100
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos

Range

Apparently occurs commonly in waters along the north coast of Australia, but rarely found in Great Barrier Reef waters.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

200 m bathymetric, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia

Habitat

Major Australian nesting records from the vicinity of Coburg Peninsula, with isolated records elsewhere.

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