Species of Sea Turtles
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Conservation Status

Under the International Conservation Union (IUCN) 'Red List of Threatened Species' flatback sea turtles are considered data deficient.

DATA DEFICIENT (DD) - A taxon is Data Deficient when there is inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction based on its distribution and/or population status. A taxon in this category may be well studied, and its biology well known, but appropriate data on abundance and/or distribution is lacking.

Photo © 2008 J. Sherborne

Threats to flatback sea turtles vary from one region to another but include:

Loss of habitat due to coastal development, including tourism
Animal predation
Human predation

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Illustrations: M. Demma © ICRAM