Misidentifications of Sea Turtles in the East Pacific: Caretta caretta and Lepidochelys olivacea

  • Frazier J
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Abstract

A reinvestigation of several records and specimens of marine turtles in the East Pacific, and subsequent publications referring to these, revealed a series of long-standing errors, that are still being perpetrated, and stem mainly from an old confusion between Caretta caretta and Lepidochelys olivacea. The reidentifications proposed herein result in reduced distributional, breeding and historic records of C. caretta and invalidate taxonomic combinations formerly used for this species. Distributional and historic records for L. olivacea must also be modified. CR - Copyright © 1985 Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

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