Hawksbill turtles are primarily spongivorous in the Caribbean, omnivorous in the Indo-Pacific and Great Barrier Reef, and more herbivorous in Australia.
Hawksbill turtles are primarily spongivorous in the Caribbean, but more omnivorous in the Indo-Pacific. They consume relatively large amounts of algae in northern Australia, soft corals in the Great Barrier Reef region, and other combinations of forage depending on habitat.
Sources: (Meylan, 1988; Mortimer & Donnelly, 2008; Mortimer, Meylan, & Donnelly, 2007)
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