Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Testudines > Family: Dermochelyidae > Genus: Dermochelys > Species: Dermochelys coriacea

Leatherback - Dermochelys coriacea (Vandelli, 1761)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Marine Atlantic - Unknown
Marine Macaronesian - Unknown
Marine Mediterranean - Unfavourable-Bad
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 7 other international agreements
Most preferred habitats
  • coastal
  • marine inlets and transitional waters
  • open ocean
  • shelf
Natura 2000 species code 1223

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

Critically 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

Not available

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
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
Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic ("OSPAR Convention") (OSPAR Convention) http://www.ospar.org/content...240000_000000_000000

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Leatherback English Gasc J.P. and al.
Leatherback turtle English OSPAR Convention Annex V
Lederschildkröte German Gasc J.P. and al.
Tortue luth French Gasc J.P. and al.
Tortuga laud Spanish Gasc J.P. and al.
Synonym Author
Testudo coriacea Linnaeus, 1766
Testudo lyra Lacepède, 1788
Sphargis coriacea Gray, 1831

Other resources

EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF search 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
2015-12-11 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files Auvergne
2015-12-11 France France reporting Habitas Directive 2014 corrected files Lorraine
2015-12-11 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
2014-11-14 Slovenia Derogations 2013 Derogations 2013
2014-03-11 Italy Habitat derogation report 2011-2012 Habitat derogation report 2011-2012
2013-12-10 Portugal PT_Habitats_2011_2012 PT_Habitats_2011_2012
2013-12-04 Italy 3rd Italian national report 2013 IT_species_reports.xml
2013-11-20 Slovenia Report 2011-2012 derogations 2011 - 2012
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
2012-12-10 Portugal envumx3mg PT_Habitats_2009_2010.xml
2008-07-07 Spain Spain's delivery of 3 July Dermochelys coriacea
2008-03-17 Netherlands NL Report HR 2007 Species questionnaire for Dermochelys coriacea
2008-03-05 Italy Italy Dermochelys coriacea
2008-02-28 France rapport France Dermochelys coriacea
2008-02-25 United Kingdom UK_submission Dermochelys coriacea
2008-02-25 Portugal Relatório nacional sobre a implementação da Directiva Habitats Species questionnaire for Dermochelys coriacea
2008-02-22 Greece Hellas Species questionnaire for Dermochelys coriacea
2008-01-11 Ireland Habitats Directive Article 17 report Dermochelys coriacea

Summary of derogations for species

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

27 items found, displaying all items.1
Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Sicilia 2014-01-01 2014-12-31 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.
Sicilia 2014-01-01 2014-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Capture for keeping in captivity The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Calabria 2013-06-13 2013-12-31 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 2013-06-13 2013-12-31 Data not available. The animals are not intentionally taken, but recovered after an accidental capture. Capture for keeping in captivity The activity is aimed at preserving injured sea turtles.
Calabria 2013-06-13 2013-12-31 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 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.
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.
Extra-Regio NUTS 2 2010-07-14 2016-06-30 neomejeno število živih živali je dovoljeno ujeti, poškodovati (odvzem vzorca tkiva) in vznemirjati Capture ni vpliva na populacijo
Extra-Regio NUTS 2 2010-07-14 2016-06-30 neomejeno število živih živali je dovoljeno ujeti, poškodovati (odvzem vzorca tkiva) in vznemirjati Deliberate disturbance ni vpliva na populacijo
Extra-Regio NUTS 2 2010-07-14 2016-06-30 neomejeno število živih živali je dovoljeno ujeti, poškodovati (odvzem vzorca tkiva) in vznemirjati Capture ni vpliva na populacijo
Extra-Regio NUTS 2 2010-07-14 2016-06-30 neomejeno število živih živali je dovoljeno ujeti, poškodovati (odvzem vzorca tkiva) in vznemirjati Deliberate disturbance ni vpliva na populacijo
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