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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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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

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




Not evaluated


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
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 2013 assessments.

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

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Geographical and other restrictions 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) Annex II: animal and plant species of community interest whose conservation requires the designation of special areas of conservation.
Annex IV: animal and plant species of community interest in need of strict protection.
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) Annex II: strictly protected fauna species
Revised Annex I of Resolution 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention on species requiring specific habitat conservation measures
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) Annex I: migratory species which are endangered and must be protected by Parties
Annex II: migratory species which have an unfavourable conservation status and which require international agreements for their conservation and management, as well as those which have a conservation status which would significantly benefit from the international co-operation that could be achieved by an international agreement.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Annex I: species threatened with extinction which are or may be affected by trade. Trade in specimens of these species must be subject to particularly strict regulation in order not to endanger further their survival and must only be authorized in exceptional circumstances.
Commission regulation (EU) No 101/2012 of 6 February 2012, 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) Annex A

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
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
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