Species Information

Chelonia mydas

Species Authority

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name/s

Green Turtle

Species Status


Organism Type



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Cheloniidae



Invasive Species Threat Summary

Green turtles have been documented as nesting at Tawara Atoll, Katangateman Sandbank northeast of Makin, and another sandbank by Nonouti Island in the Gilberts Group, there is no information on nest numbers or trends. Green turtle nesting has been observed in all eight islands of the Phoenix Group, Canton and Enderbury are reported to host the largest numbers of nesting turtles. It is estimated that 100-300 green turtles may nest in the Phoenix group annually, but no information is available on trends. Green turtles have been documented nesting on Kiritimati, Fanning, Vostock and Caroline Islands in the Line Islands Group (Kiribati) and on Jarvis, Kingman and Palmyra in the Line Islands Group (US). No information is available on numbers but a decline has been recorded over time since human habitation.

Invasive Species Management Summary

In Kiribati, the Wildlife Conservation Ordinance (Laws of the Gilbert Islands 1977), prohibits hunting, killing or capturing any wild turtle on land and fully protects the green turtle on Birnie, Caroline Island, Kiritimati (Christmas Island), Flint Island, Nikumaroro, Orona, Malden, McKean, Phoenix, Starbuck Island, Manra and Vostock. Kiribati is not a signatory to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species in the Wild (CMS) or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).


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CountryLocationTypeInvasive SpeciesCommon NameImpact Mechanism
Federated States of MicronesiaLoosiep Island (Losiep Island)IslandMangrove MonitorPredation
Federated States of MicronesiaLoosiep Island (Losiep Island)IslandMangrove monitorPredation
Federated States of MicronesiaOroluk AtollAtollferal pigPredation
Marshall IslandsAiluk AtollAtollNorthwestern wolfPredation
Marshall IslandsAiluk AtollAtollPolynesian ratPredation

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