Ecology of Lepidochelys olivacea
Main Ref. Schneider, W., 1990
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Lepidochelys olivacea may be found.
Remarks Shallow coastal waters; open sea forming schools (Ref. 417). Habitat is a warm vertically stratified water with deep thermocline (Ref. 78527). Observed to be basking on sand beaches (Ref. 1397). Nesting patterns range from solitary to small groups to arribadas (Ref. 97534).


Substrate Benthic: demersal; Pelagic; Soft Bottom: sand;
Substrate Ref. Sasa, M., G.A. Chaves and L.D. Patrick, 2009
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Schneider, W., 1990
Associated with
Association remarks


feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
feeding type ref Polovina, J.J., G.H. Balazs, E.A. Howell, D.M. Parker, M.P. Seki and P.H. Dutton, 2004
feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
feeding habit ref Polovina, J.J., G.H. Balazs, E.A. Howell, D.M. Parker, M.P. Seki and P.H. Dutton, 2004
trophic level(s)
original sample unfished population Remark
estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.38 0.51 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Dar, Christine on 06.22.06
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 04.21.16
Checked by Cortés, Jorge on 05.18.10
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