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Flatback turtle

flatback turtle (Natator depressus)
Bowen, Queensland
Photo © Stephen Zozaya
Natator depressus - (Garman, 1880)
Pronunciation  na-TAY-tor   dep-PRESS-uss
Etymology  depressus: 'flattened'.
Other names  Chelonia depressus 
 
Carapace length
Species avg: 100 cm
Reproduction
Oviparous
Clutch size
Average: 50
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos

Range

Australia's only endemic sea turtle. Common in coastal waters of northern Australia, from the Kimberley region to Torres Strait. Occurs less commonly on the Great Barrier Reef.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

200 m bathymetric, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia

Habitat

Shallow, coastal waters.

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