Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Testudines > Family: Cheloniidae > Genus: Chelonia > Species: Chelonia mydas

Green turtle - Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Marine Atlantic - Unfavourable-Bad
Marine Macaronesian - Unknown
Marine Mediterranean - Unfavourable-Bad
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 7 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 57 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • coastal
  • shelf
Natura 2000 species code 1227

Distribution

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

World

Endangered

Europe

Not evaluated

EU

Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Vulnerable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Endangered
Extinct
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
ES7010017 Spain Franja marina de Mogán Map
ES7010020 Spain Sebadales de La Graciosa Map
ES7010022 Spain Sebadales de Corralejo Map
ES7010035 Spain Playa de Sotavento de Jandía Map
ES7010048 Spain Bahía de Gando Map
ES7010053 Spain Playa del Cabrón Map
ES7020017 Spain Franja marina Teno-Rasca Map
ES7020057 Spain Mar de Las Calmas Map
ES7020116 Spain Sebadales del sur de Tenerife Map
GR2210001 Greece DYTIKES KAI VOREIOANATOLIKES AKTES ZAKYNTHOU Map
GR2230001 Greece LIMNOTHALASSA ANTINIOTI (KERKYRA) Map
GR2240001 Greece LIMNOTHALASSES STENON LEFKADAS (PALIONIS - AVLIMON) KAI ALYKES LEFKADAS Map
GR2320006 Greece ALYKI AIGIOU Map
GR4210008 Greece KOS: AKROTIRIO LOUROS - LIMNI PSALIDI - OROS DIKAIOS - ALYKI - PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI Map
GR2140003 Greece PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI APO PARGA EOS AKROTIRIO AGIOS THOMAS (PREVEZA), AKR. KELADIO - AG. THOMAS Map
GR2230004 Greece NISOI PAXOI KAI ANTIPAXOI KAI EVRYTERI THALASSIA PERIOCHI Map
GR4210007 Greece NOTIA NISYROS KAI STRONGYLI, IFAISTIAKO PEDIO KAI PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI Map
GR1220012 Greece LIMNOTHALASSA EPANOMIS KAI THALASSIA PARAKTIA ZONI Map
GR4210009 Greece ASTYPALAIA: ANATOLIKO TMIMA, GYRO NISIDES KAI OFIDOUSSA KAI THALASSIA ZONI (AKR. LANTRA - AKR. VRYSI) Map
GR2120001 Greece EKVOLES (DELTA) KALAMA Map
GR4220014 Greece KENTRIKI KAI NOTIA NAXOS: ZAS KAI VIGLA EOS MAVROVOUNI KAI THALASSIA ZONI (ORMOS KARADES - ORMOS MOUTSOUNAS) Map
GR4110004 Greece LESVOS: KOLPOS KALLONIS KAI CHERSAIA PARAKTIA ZONI Map
GR2330008 Greece THALASSIA PERIOCHI KOLPOU KYPARISSIAS: AKR. KATAKOLO - KYPARISSIA Map
GR2510003 Greece AKRONAFPLIA KAI PALAMIDI Map
GR2450004 Greece PARALIAKI ZONI APO NAFPAKTO EOS ITEA - PERIOCHI PIGON CHILIADOU Map
GR4220019 Greece TINOS: MYRSINI - AKROTIRIO LIVADA Map
GR4210004 Greece KASTELLORIZO KAI NISIDES RO KAI STRONGYLI KAI PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI Map
CY4000001 Cyprus PERIOCHI POLIS - GIALIA Map
GR1150009 Greece KOLPOS PALAIOU - ORMOS ELEFTHERON Map
GR3000010 Greece NISIDES KYTHIRON: PRASONISI, DRAGONERA, ANTIDRAGONERA Map
GR4330004 Greece PRASSANO FARANGI - PATSOS - SFAKORYAKO REMA - PARALIA RETHYMNOU KAI EKVOLI GEROPOTAMOU, AKR. LIANOS KAVOS - PERIVOLIA Map
GR3000004 Greece VRAVRONA - PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI Map
GR4340010 Greece DRAPANO (VOREIOANATOLIKES AKTES) – PARALIA GEORGIOUPOLIS – LIMNI KOURNA - SPILAIO PSIMAKI Map
GR2310001 Greece DELTA ACHELOOU, LIMNOTHALASSA MESOLONGIOU - AITOLIKOU, EKVOLES EVINOU, NISOI ECHINADES, NISOS PETALAS Map
GR2220004 Greece PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI APO ARGOSTOLI EOS VLACHATA (KEFALONIA) KAI ORMOS MOUNTA Map
GR3000003 Greece ETHNIKO PARKO SCHINIA - MARATHONA Map
GR1420004 Greece KARLA – MAVROVOUNI – KEFALOVRYSO VELESTINOU – NEOCHORI Map
GR4120001 Greece SAMOS: PARALIA ALYKI Map
GR2220003 Greece ESOTERIKO ARCHIPELAGOS IONIOU (MEGANISI, ARKOUDI, ATOKOS, VROMONAS) Map
GR2550003 Greece NISOI SAPIENTZA KAI SCHIZA, AKROTIRIO AKRITAS Map
GR2230005 Greece PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI APO KANONI EOS MESONGI (KERKYRA) Map
GR2540003 Greece EKVOLES EVROTA, PERIOCHI VRONTAMA KAI THALASSIA PERIOCHI LAKONIKOU KOLPOU Map
GR2220005 Greece DYTIKES AKTES KEFALONIAS - STENO KEFALONIAS ITHAKIS - VOREIA ITHAKI (AKROTIRIA GERO GKOMPOS - DRAKOU PIDIMA - KENTRI - AG. IOANNIS) Map
GR2550004 Greece LIMNOTHALASSA PYLOU (DIVARI) KAI NISOS SFAKTIRIA, AGIOS DIMITRIOS Map
ES6200048 Spain Valles submarinos del Escarpe de Mazarrón Map
GR4210010 Greece ARKOI, LEIPSOI, AGATHONISI KAI VRACHONISIDES Map
GR1430001 Greece OROS PILIO KAI PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI- SPILAIA MALAKI KAI SKEPONI Map
GR2330007 Greece PARAKTIA THALASSIA ZONI APO AKR. KYLLINI EOS TOUMPI - KALOGRIA Map
GR2540002 Greece PERIOCHI NEAPOLIS KAI NISOS ELAFONISOS Map
GR3000006 Greece YMITTOS - AISTHITIKO DASOS KAISARIANIS - LIMNI VOULIAGMENIS Map
CY4000010 Cyprus CHERSONISOS AKAMA Map
CY4000023 Cyprus ZONI EIDIKIS PROSTASIAS CHERSONISOS AKAMA Map
GR1110013 Greece THALASSIA PERIOCHI THRAKIS Map
GR2220007 Greece THALASSIA ZONI APO ARGOSTOLI EOS ORMO MOUNTA Map
GR2530007 Greece KORINTHIAKOS KOLPOS Map
GR2550010 Greece THALASSIA PERIOCHI NOTIAS MESSINIAS Map
PTMMD0001 Portugal Cetáceos da Madeira Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - consolidated version 01/01/2007 (EU Habitats Directive) http://ec.europa.eu/environm...rective/index_en.htm
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cul.../bern/default_en.asp
https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc....ckColorLogged=FDC864

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) http://www.cms.int/
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) http://www.cites.org/eng
Commission regulation (EU) No 1320/2014, of 1 December 2014, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (EU regulation of trade of fauna and flora) http://ec.europa.eu/environm...s/legislation_en.htm
Barcelona Convention Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA/BD Protocol) http://rac-spa.org/protocol

http://rac-spa.org/sites/def...sion_ig_19_12_en.pdf

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Green turtle English Gasc J.P. and al.
Suppenschildkröte German Gasc J.P. and al.
Tortue franche French Gasc J.P. and al.
Tortue verte French Gasc J.P. and al.
Tortuga verde Spanish Gasc J.P. and al.
Synonym Author
Testudo viridis Schneider, 1783
Chelonia virgata Schweigger, 1812

Other resources

EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Species+ Species+ by UNEP-WCMC
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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