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Chelonia mydas  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 173833

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Chelonia mydas mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Chelonia agassizii Bocourt, 1868
    Testudo mydas Linnaeus, 1758
    Chelonia mydas agassizii Bocourt, 1868
    Chelonia agassizi Bocourt, 1868
    Testudo macropus Walbaum, 1782
    Testudo viridis Schneider, 1783
    Testudo japonica Thunberg, 1787
    Testudo macropus Gmelin, 1789
    Testudo chloronotus Bechstein, 1800
    Testudo rugosa Daudin, 1801
    Testudo cepediana Daudin, 1801
    Chelonia virgata Schweigger, 1812
    Caretta cepedii Merrem, 1820
    Caretta esculenta Merrem, 1820
    Caretta thunbergii Merrem, 1820
    Chelonia lachrymata Cuvier, 1829
    Chelonia maculosa Cuvier, 1829
    Chelonia bicarinata Lesson, 1831
    Chelonia marmorata Duméril and Bibron, 1835
    Chelonia formosa Girard, 1858
    Chelonia tenuis Girard, 1858
    Chelonia albiventer Nardo, 1864
    Chelonia lata Philippi, 1887
    Testudo marina vulgaris Lacépède, 1788
    Chelonia mydas carrinegra Caldwell, 1962
  Common Name(s): Green Sea Turtle [English]
    Tortuga-marina verde-del Atlántico [Spanish]
    common green sea turtle [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderTestudines Batsch, 1788 – tortues, Turtles, Terrapins, Tortoises  
                            SuborderCryptodira Cope, 1868  
                               SuperfamilyChelonioidea Oppel, 1811  
                                  FamilyCheloniidae Oppel, 1811 – marine turtles, modern sea turtles, Sea Turtles  
                                     SubfamilyCheloniinae Oppel, 1811  
                                        GenusChelonia Brongniart, 1800 – Green Sea Turtles  
                                           SpeciesChelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) – Green Sea Turtle, Tortuga-marina verde-del Atlántico, common green sea turtle  

  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, database (version undefined)  
  Acquired: 2000   
  Notes: CONABIO: (   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas   
  Source: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, database (version undefined)  
  Acquired: 2001   
  Notes: CONABIO: (   
  Reference for: Tortuga-marina verde-del Atlántico[Spanish]   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes  
  Publication Date: 2004   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada, draft (2004)   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: As-yet (2004) unpublished manuscript from 1998   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Crother, Brian I., Jeff Boundy, Frank T. Burbrink, Jonathan A. Campbell, Kevin de Queiroz, et al.  
  Publication Date: 2012   
  Article/Chapter Title: Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding, Seventh Ed.   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Herpetological Circular, no. 39   
  Page(s): 1-92   
  Publisher: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles   
  Publication Place: Shoreview, Minnesota, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 9780916984854   
  Notes: Available free as a PDF at   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas, Green Sea Turtle [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Flores-Villela, Oscar / McCoy, C. J., ed.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title: Herpetofauna Mexicana: Lista anotada de las especies de anfibios y reptiles de México, cambios taxonómicos recientes, y nuevas especies   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication, no. 17   
  Page(s): iv + 73   
  Publisher: Carnegie Museum of Natural History   
  Publication Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-911239-42-1   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Iverson, John B.  
  Publication Date: 1992   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: A Revised Checklist with Distribution Maps of the Turtles of the World   
  Page(s): xiii + 363   
  Publisher: Privately Printed   
  Publication Place: Richmond, Indiana   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-9617431-0-5   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk, P. P., J. Iverson, A. Rhodin, H. Shaffer, and R. Bour]  
  Publication Date: 2014   
  Article/Chapter Title: Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with maps, and Conservation Status   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Chelonian Research Monographs, no. 5, v. 7   
  Page(s): 329-479   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1088-7105   
  Notes: doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - Available online at   
  Reference for: Chelonia mydas   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Middle America  
    North America  
    East Pacific  
    Eastern Atlantic Ocean  
    Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China)  
    Indo-West Pacific  
    South America  
    Southern Asia  
    Western Atlantic Ocean  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Continental US, Native  
    Hawaii, Native  
    Canada, Incidental  
    Caribbean Territories, Native  
    Central Pacific Territories, Native  
    Mexico, Native  



  Comment: Banks et al. (2003) note: Threatened throughout range  
    Banks et al. (2003) note: Endangered throughout range in Continental US  
    IUCN: Global: Endangered A2bd (2004); Hawaiian Subpopulation: Least Concern (2012). CITES: Appendix I, as Cheloniidae spp.  



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