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Reptiles

Green turtle

Five endangered sea turtles occur within the refuge boundaries. Threatened honu or green turtles (Chenlonia mydas) frequently haul out on the beaches of the refuge, with approximately 90 percent of the Hawaiian population of threatened green turtles nesting at French Frigate Shoals. 

  • Turtles

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    Marine turtles that are known to occur in the Refuge are the Hawaiian population of the green turtle and hawksbill, loggerhead, and leatherback turtles. While there are no records of the threatened olive ridley within the waters, their wide distribution throughout the tropical Pacific makes it likely that they do sometimes occur there. Green and loggerhead sea turtles are listed as threatened species; the hawksbill and leatherback turtles are listed as endangered species. 

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Last Updated: Aug 29, 2013
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