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  • Hatchling, Equatorial Guinea, Central African
  • Hatchling, Equatorial Guinea, Central African
  • Hatchling, Equatorial Guinea, Central African
  • Hatchling, Equatorial Guinea, Central African
  • Hatchling, Equatorial Guinea, Central African
  • Hatchling, Equatorial Guinea, Central African

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Half-Day-Old Leatherback Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

Hatchling, Equatorial Guinea, Central African

Vulnerable

Leatherbacks are a single species globally comprising seven biologically described regional management units (RMUs; Wallace et al. 2010), which describe biologically and geographically explicit population segments by integrating information from nesting sites, mitochondrial and nuclear DNA studies, movements and habitat use by all life stages. RMUs are functionally equivalent to IUCN subpopulations, thus providing the appropriate demographic unit for Red List assessments. There are seven Leatherback RMUs (hereafter subpopulations): Northwest Atlantic Ocean, Southeast Atlantic Ocean, Southwest Atlantic Ocean, Northeast Indian Ocean, Southwest Indian Ocean, East Pacific Ocean, and West Pacific Ocean (Figure 2 in Supplementary Material). Multiple genetic stocks have ... Read More

Threats to Leatherbacks vary in time and space, and in relative impact to populations. Threat categories affecting marine turtles, including Leatherbacks, were described by Wallace et al. (2011) as: 1) Fisheries bycatch: incidental capture of marine turtles in fishing gear targeting other species; 2) Take: direct utilization of turtles or eggs for human use (i.e. consumption, commercial products); 3) Coastal Development affecting critical turtle habitat: human-induced alteration of coastal environments due to construction, dredging, beach modification, etc.; 4) Pollution and Pathogens: marine pollution and debris that affect marine turtles (i.e. through ingestion or entanglement, disorientation caused by artificial lights), as ... Read More

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Wallace, B.P., Tiwari, M. & Girondot, M. 2013. Dermochelys coriacea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T6494A43526147. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T6494A43526147.en