leatherback turtle

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leath′er•back tur′tle

(ˈlɛð ərˌbæk)
n.
a large sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, having the shell covered by a leathery skin: the largest living sea turtle. Also called leath′er•back`.
[1875–80]
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Noun1.leatherback turtle - wide-ranging marine turtle with flexible leathery carapaceleatherback turtle - wide-ranging marine turtle with flexible leathery carapace; largest living turtle
marine turtle, sea turtle - any of various large turtles with limbs modified into flippers; widely distributed in warm seas
Dermochelys, genus Dermochelys - type genus of the Dermochelyidae: leatherback turtles
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Fosiles de Testudinidae se conocen desde el Paleoceno; Dermochelidae del Eoceno y Chelydridae del Oligoceno (Goin & Goin, 1962).
Marine turtles belong to two different families: the Dermochelidae (leatherbacks), with one genus (Dermochelys), and the Cheloniidae, with four genera (Chelonia, Caretta, Lepidochelys, Eretmochelys).