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 13 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
IT3330005 Italy Foce dell'Isonzo - Isola della Cona Map
ES6200048 Spain Valles submarinos del Escarpe de Mazarrón Map
CY4000010 Cyprus CHERSONISOS AKAMA Map
CY4000023 Cyprus ZONI EIDIKIS PROSTASIAS CHERSONISOS AKAMA 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

Reportnet deliveries

Files delivered through Reportnet with relevance to this species.

22 items found, displaying all items.1
Released Coverage Envelope File
2015-12-10 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files Auvergne
2015-12-10 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files Lorraine
2015-12-10 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files PACA
2015-10-16 Italy Habitat derogation 2013-2014 Habides + Habitat xml
2015-07-31 Greece Habitats Directive Article 17 29_12_2014 submission GR GR_species_reports-15723-10453.xml
2015-02-23 Germany Habitat Derogation 2011_2012 Germany Habitat_2011_2012_GER.xml
2014-03-10 Italy Habitat derogation report 2011-2012 Habitat derogation report 2011-2012
2014-02-16 Cyprus Article 17 Reporting 2007 - 2012 Species Reports
2013-12-09 Portugal PT_Habitats_2011_2012 PT_Habitats_2011_2012
2013-12-03 Italy 3rd Italian national report 2013 IT_species_reports.xml
2013-10-10 United Kingdom Habitats Directive Article 17 2013 2nd submission UK GB_species_reports-13925-15297.xml
2013-09-18 Portugal Relatorio nacional sobre a implementacao da Directiva Habitats 2013 PT_species_reports.xml
2013-09-11 Spain Habitats Directive: Report Art.17 2007-2012 ES_species_reports
2011-12-11 Italy Habitat Derogation Report 2009-2010 habitat derogation report 2009-2010
2008-07-07 Spain Spain's delivery of 3 July Chelonia mydas
2008-03-16 Netherlands NL Report HR 2007 Species questionnaire for Chelonia mydas
2008-03-04 Italy Italy Chelonia mydas
2008-02-27 France rapport France Chelonia mydas
2008-02-24 Cyprus Article 17 Reporting 2001 - 2006 Species questionnaire for Chelonia mydas
2008-02-24 United Kingdom UK_submission Chelonia mydas
2008-02-24 Portugal Relatório nacional sobre a implementação da Directiva Habitats Species questionnaire for Chelonia mydas
2008-02-21 Greece Hellas Species questionnaire for Chelonia mydas

Summary of derogations for species

EU member states are required to report derogations from protection efforts of species.

30 items found, displaying all items.1
Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Molise 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Molise 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Molise 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No defined number of individuals Veterinary treatment, measurements The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No defined number of individuals Veterinary treatment, measurements The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Basilicata 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Capture The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Basilicata 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Transport The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Basilicata 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Marking and veterinary traetments The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Calabria 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Capture The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Calabria 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Transport The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Calabria 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Marking and veterinary traetments The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Molise 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Molise 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Molise 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 No defined number of individuals Veterinary treatment, measurements The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 No defined number of individuals Veterinary treatment, measurements The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Molise 2011-07-07 2011-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Molise 2011-07-07 2011-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Molise 2011-07-07 2011-12-31 No defined number of individuals Veterinary treatment, measurements The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2011-07-07 2011-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2011-07-07 2011-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Puglia 2011-07-07 2011-12-31 No defined number of individuals Veterinary treatment, measurements The activity is aimed at rescuing injured individuals.
Calabria 2011-01-01 2011-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Capture The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Calabria 2011-01-01 2011-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Transport The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Calabria 2011-01-01 2011-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Marking and veterinary traetments The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Sardegna 2010-01-01 2010-12-31 No defined number of individuals Capture No evidence of a significant impact
Sardegna 2010-01-01 2010-12-31 No defined number of individuals Transport No evidence of a significant impact
Sardegna 2010-01-01 2010-12-31 No defined number of individuals Veterinary treatment, tissue sampling, marking, radio-tagging and following release No evidence of a significant impact
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