Hawksbill Sea Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766)G3 (Globally rare/local)  -  Endangered (Federal)  -  Endangered (MD)  -  SR (State rare)    Synonyms: Atlantic Hawsbill Sea Turtle.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Testudines   >   Family Cheloniidae   >   Genus Eretmochelys   


The Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a federally-endangered species which occurs rarely as a nonbreeding transient in Maryland. This sea turtle has on rare occasions been sighted in coastal bay habitats in Worcester County. It has also apparently been found in Calvert Co. This poorly-known species appears to prefer estuarine or bay habitats with shallow water and minimal vegetation, and is sometimes found resting on the bottom. Atlantic Hawksbill Sea Turtle is considered state-endangered in Maryland (Maryland DNR site).

There is 1 record in the project database.

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A Hawksbill Sea Turtle off the coast of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (9/22/2010). The Atlantic Hawksbill Turtle is a very rare visitor to Maryland during the summer months. No nesting occurs in Maryland. Photo by NOAA Photo Library. (MBP list)

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