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Leatherback turtles

Etymology: 'Dermochelys-family', after the sole genus of this family.
Notes: Smith and Smith (1979:231-233) and King and Burke (1989:27) explain the history of the family name. Reviewed by Smith and Smith (1979), Cogger et al. (1983), and Pritchard and Trebbau (1984). Frair (1979, 1982a) suggested that this family should be included as a subfamily in the Cheloniidae, but this has not been generally accepted (e.g., see Pritchard and Trebbau, 1984).
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 1 out of 1 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) at 250 cm
Longest Australian species: leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) at up to 250 cm
Number of Australian genera: 1
Number of Australian species: 1
Genus name Australian species
Dermochelys 1
1 1
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