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Flatback turtle

flatback turtle (Natator depressus)
Bowen, Queensland
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Natator depressus - (Garman, 1880)
Pronunciation  na-TAY-tor   dep-PRESS-uss
Etymology  Natator: Latin for 'swimmer'.
depressus: 'flattened'.
Other names  Chelonia depressus 
Carapace length
Species avg: 100 cm
Clutch size
Average: 50
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Australia's only endemic sea turtle. Common in coastal waters of northern Australia, from the Kimberley region to Torres Strait. Occurs less commonly on the Great Barrier Reef.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

200 m bathymetric, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia


Shallow, coastal waters.

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