EMYSystem Family Page: Cheloniidae
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Cheloniidae (Marine Turtles)
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Original Description Oppel 1811 : 4
Synonyms Chelonii (original name)
Common names Marine Turtles
Distribution Worldwide in temperate and tropical oceans
Comments Taxonomic and literature reviews appear in Smith and Smith (1979; Mexican taxa), Cogger et al. (1983; Australian taxa), Pritchard and Trebbau (1984; Venezuelan taxa), Zangerl et al. (1988), and Limpus et al. (1988). Frair (1979, 1982a) discussed phylogenetic relationships based on serology. Bour and Dubois (1984c:81) suggested that Oppel (1811:4) first used the family name Cheloniidae.
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