Mottled olive-green upper shell with streaks on plates, low body, small head with upper jaw projecting to form parrot-like beak, four large plates along side of shell, three scales behind eye. Harvested in large numbers last century for manufacture of tortoiseshell goods.
Max Size: 1100 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 15.9-30.7°C
Habitat: Coral Reef, Open ocean, Rocky Reef, Seagrass, Soft sediment
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.