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Temporal range:
Late Cretaceous-Holocene, 84–0 Ma
Stralsund, Germany, Meeresmuseum, Risenschildkröte (2006-10-23).JPG
Dermochelys is the only living representative of the leatherback turtles.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Clade: Dermochelyoidae
Family: Dermochelyidae
Fitzinger, 1843[1]

See text.

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

Dermochelyidae is a family of turtles 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


  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" (PDF). Palaeontology. 46 (5): 845–856. doi:10.1111/1475-4983.00322. 
  3. ^ Bardet, N.; Jalil, N. E.; De Lapparent De Broin, F.; Germain, D.; Lambert, O.; Amaghzaz, M. (2013). Viriot, Laurent, ed. "A Giant Chelonioid Turtle from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco with a Suction Feeding Apparatus Unique among Tetrapods". PLoS ONE. 8 (7): e63586. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063586. PMC 3708935Freely accessible. PMID 23874378. 
  4. ^ a b "Natural history of seas turtles: paleontologic history" (PDF): 21–2. 


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