Caught and Coloured: Zoology Illustrations from Colonial Victoria

Luth, Dermochelys coriacea

Image Details
  • Plate Number: 101
  • Media: Drawing - Pencil and water colour on paper
  • Artist: Arthur Bartholomew
  • Location: Australia, Victoria, Portland
  • Primary inscriptions: D327 / 1/9 ns / A Bartholomew Febrs 22nd 1862
  • Secondary inscriptions: Bright vermillion / Rosive
Transcript from the Prodromus of Zoology

Plate 101. The Luth, or Leathery Turtle, Sphargis coriacea (now known as the luth, Dermochelys coriacea) found in Portland

Of all living Chelonians the Luth is the largest, some recorded being 9 feet long; our specimen, from the size and the distinct tuberculation of the dorsal ridges, is only half grown; but there are no traces of the fine ridges on the sternum said to be found in the very young.

The species above is the only one I have known to have occurred on the shores of the colony. It was captured in 1862 at Portland.