The hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata; Critically Endangered) has a circumtropical distribution. In Polynesia it inhabits the waters of a great number of slands; however, up to date there are no official records for Easter Island. We document the first report of E. imbricata in Easter Island and Chile based on underwater hotographs and examination of one individual. The confirmation of the presence of hawksbills extends the known distribution range for the species, increases the number of sea turtle species recorded for Chile, and highlights the need for further research on potential threats to the species and the importance of Rapa Nui as developmental and foraging habitat for hawksbills.
|Translated title of the contribution||First confirmed report of hawksbill sea turtle eretmochelys imbricata in nearshore waters of easter island (Rapa Nui)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Revista de Biologia Marina y Oceanografia|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aquatic Science