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Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz, 1829)
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle; Olive Ridley Seaturtle
Family: Cheloniidae
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Distribution of Lepidochelys olivacea in British Columbia
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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle is found around the world in tropical and sub-tropical waters near shore (22-55 m) (Wikipedia 2011). In British Columbia, it is presently considered an accidental species, with only one confirmed record in BC waters--it was first reported in the province in 2011 (from Wickaninnish Beach, Vancouver Island in November 2011).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNAAccidentalNot Listed
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

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Species References

McAlpine, Donald F., Michael C. James, John Line and Stan A.Orchard. 2007. Status and Conservation of Marine Turtles in Canadian Waters. In: Ecology, Conservation, and Status of Reptiles in Canada. Carolyn N.L. Seburn and Christine A. Bishop, Editors, Herpetological Conservation 2:85–112.

General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-04-24 12:13:51 PM]
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