Check List 13(6): 863-869, doi: 10.15560/13.6.863
New records of Lepidochelys olivacea (Eschscholtz, 1829) (Testudines, Cheloniidae) provide evidence that Uruguayan waters are the southernmost limit of distribution for the species in the western Atlantic Ocean
expand article infoDaniel González-Paredes§, Gabriela Vélez-Rubio§|, Anelise Torres Hahn, María Noel Caraccio§, Andrés Estrades§
‡ Hombre y Territorio Association, Seville, Spain§ Karumbé NGO, Montevideo, Uruguay| University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain¶ College of Staten Island, The City University of New York, New York, United States of America
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We report 8 new records of Lepidochelys olivacea marine turtle in the Uruguayan waters, indicating this area as the southernmost limit of distribution for this species in the western Atlantic Ocean. In addition, 1 specimen was subjected to genetic analysis, revealing its population origin in the western Atlantic nesting colonies (Surinam, French Guiana, and Brazil). This report represents an update of the distribution of L. olivacea in the southwestern Atlantic and provides insight into the morphological and genetic characterization of the species at temperate waters.
Olive Ridley Sea Turtle; Southwestern Atlantic Ocean; genetic characterization