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Temporal range:
Late Cretaceous-Holocene, 84–0 Ma
Leatherback turtles are the only living representative of the Dermochelys family.
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Chelonioidea
Family: Dermochelyidae
Fitzinger, 1843[1]

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  • Sphargidae Gray, 1825
  • Dermatochelydae Fitzinger, 1843
  • Athecae Cope, 1871
  • Athecata Lydekker, 1889
  • Dermochelyidae Lydekker, 1889

Dermochelyidae is a family of reptiles which has seven extinct genera and one extant genus, including the largest living sea turtles.

Classification of known genera[edit]

The following list of dermochelyid species was published by Hirayama and Tong in 2003, unless otherwise noted.[2]

Hypothetical reconstruction of Psephophorus terrypratchetti


Evers et al. (2019):[4]



  1. ^ a b Rhodin 2011, p. 000.174
  2. ^ Hirayama, R.; Tong, H. (2003). "Osteopygis (Testudines: Cheloniidae) from the Lower Tertiary of the Ouled Abdoun phosphate basin, Morocco". Palaeontology. 46 (5): 845–856. Bibcode:2003Palgy..46..845H. doi:10.1111/1475-4983.00322.
  3. ^ a b "Natural history of seas turtles: paleontologic history" (PDF): 21–2. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Evers, Serjoscha W.; Barrett, Paul M.; Benson, Roger B. J. (2019-05-01). "Anatomy of Rhinochelys pulchriceps (Protostegidae) and marine adaptation during the early evolution of chelonioids". PeerJ. 7: e6811. doi:10.7717/peerj.6811. ISSN 2167-8359. PMC 6500378. PMID 31106054.


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