Hawksbill Turtle  |  

Eretmochelys imbricata

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Hawksbill Turtles have a parrot-like beak. Adults have an olive-green or brown carapace with reddish-brown, brown or black markings in a tortoiseshell pattern. The carapace is highly domed and heart shaped with imbricate scale and is cream to yellowish underneath. Adult females weigh 50 kg and have a mean curved carapace length of approximately 82 cm.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Eretmochelys imbricata

    Climate change has led to massive The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Eretmochelys imbricata published in 2008. http dx.doi.org 10.2305 IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T8005A12881238.en coral bleaching events with permanent consequences for local habitats (Sheppard 2006) (see IND Table 5; PAC Table 5 and ATL Table 7 in Supplementary Material).