Temporal range:
Late Cretaceous-Holocene, 84–0 Ma
Dermochelys is the only living representative of the leatherback turtles.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Clade: Americhelydia
Clade: Dermochelyoidae
Family: Dermochelyidae
Fitzinger, 1843[1]

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  • 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

The following list of dermochelyid species was published by Hirayama and Tong in 2003, unless otherwise noted.[2]

Hypothetical reconstruction of Psephophorus terrypratchetti


  1. 1 2 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." Palaeontology, 46(5): 845-856.
  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.
  4. 1 2 "Natural history of seas turtles: paleontologic history" (PDF): 21–2.


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