Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Testudines > Family: Cheloniidae > Genus: Eretmochelys > Species: Eretmochelys imbricata

Hawksbill turtle - Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766)

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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 - Unknown
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 6 other international agreements
Most preferred habitats
  • coastal
  • open ocean
  • shelf
Natura 2000 species code 1225


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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.


Critically Endangered


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 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)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
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)
Barcelona Convention Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA/BD Protocol)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Echte Karettschildkröte German Gasc J.P. and al.
Hawksbill turtle English Gasc J.P. and al.
Tortue caret French Gasc J.P. and al.
Tortuga de carey Spanish Gasc J.P. and al.
Synonym Author
Caretta bissa Rüppel, 1835
Eretmochelys squamata Agassiz, 1857

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Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

European Environment Agency (EEA)
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