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Caretta caretta

Caretta carettais commonly referred to as Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle. Difficulty in the aquarium: Non adatto agli acquari!. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.


Profilbild Urheber Johan Swanepoel, Südafrika

Caretta caretta,Port Elizabeth 2008, Copyright Johan Swanepoel


Courtesy of the author Johan Swanepoel, Südafrika Please visit www.easterncapescubadiving.co.za for more information.

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lexID:
3500 
AphiaID:
137205 
Scientific:
Caretta caretta 
German:
Unechte Karettschildkröte 
English:
Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle 
Category:
 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Reptilia (Class) > Testudines (Order) > Cheloniidae (Family) > Caretta (Genus) > caretta (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Linnaeus, ), 1758 
Sea depth:
0 - 200 Meter 
Size:
100 cm - 200 cm 
Temperature:
12°C - 27°C 
Difficulty:
Non adatto agli acquari! 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Appendix I (trade generally prohibited)) 
Red List:
Vulnerable (VU) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
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Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2020-03-10 08:33:20 

Info

The Loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta, can be found worldwide in all tropical and subtropical oceans. It is the most common species of sea turtles, which doesn't change the fact that it is an endangered species. Single specimens can reach a carapace length of up to 2 meters and weigh up to 200 kg.

The animals feed on crustaceans, cephalopods, echinoderms, vegetable matter and paricularly jellyfish, as can be seen in the images in this article. The main picture shows for example an adult Caretta caretta eating a jellyfish of the species Mastigias roseus and the second image shows a freshly hatched sea turtle hunting a jellyfish (presumably from the family Ulmaridae). Both pictures have been provided by Heinz Mahler.

It is common knowledge nowadays that sea turtles burry their eggs on land and that freshly hatched turtles crawl back into the sea, we just mention it here for the sake of completeness.

External links

  1. Eastern Cape Scuba Diving (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. Schildkröten verwechseln Geruch von Plastik mit Nahrung (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. SeaLifeBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  5. Wikipedia (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  6. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.

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Caretta caretta,Port Elizabeth 2008, Copyright Johan Swanepoel
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© Anne Frijsinger & Mat Vestjens, Holland
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