Hawksbill Sea Turtle -Eretmochelys imbricata

Hawksbill_Sea_Turtle

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies: Only the Atlantic Hawksbill Sea Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata imbricata, would occur in Louisiana waters.

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Louisiana Range:Coastal Parishes.

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Global Conservation Status: Hawksbill Sea Turtles arelisted as CriticallyEndangeredby the IUCN Red List.Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G3 (Vulnerable).

Federal Conservation Status: TheHawksbill Sea Turtleis a federally endagered species.

Louisiana Conservation Status: Hawksbill Sea Turtles have a ranking of SZ (transient species in which no consistent area of occurrence is identifiable. Hawksbill Sea Turtles have a State Protection Status of‘endangered’,meaningtaking or harassment of this species is a violation of state andfederal laws.

Author's Remarks:I have never observed this species in the wild. It is a very rare visitor to Louisianas coast.

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