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Leatherback Sea Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea


The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), sometimes called the lute turtle, is the largest of all living turtles (as well as the largest extant sea turtle) and is the fourth largest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. It is the only living species in the genus Dermochelys. It can easily be differentiated from other modern sea turtles by its lack of a bony shell. Instead, its carapace is covered by skin and oily flesh. Dermochelys coriacea is the only extant member of the family Dermochelyidae.

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sianakdesa 8 years ago

@Neil Ross : Thank you :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Beautiful photo. I love these leatherbacks.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago


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