EMYSystem Genus Page: Chelonia
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Cheloniidae (Marine Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Chelonia (Green Turtles)
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Original Description Brongniart 1800 : 89
Common name Green Turtles
Distribution All tropical and subtropical seas
Comments Stejneger (1907:509) noted that Chelonia as originally published by Brongniart (1800:89) is a nomen nudum. Smith and Smith (1979:259-260) and Pritchard and Trebbau (1984:279) agreed, but suggested that Latreille (1801:22) used Chelonia as a family and not a genus name. Reviewed by Hirth (1980a), Cogger et al. (1983), and Pritchard and Trebbau (1984).
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