A moderately sized marine turtle; largest Egyptian specimen has a carapace length of 835 mm. Carapace depressed, elongate, smooth; scutes imbricate in younger animals, increasingly less so in older specimens; posterior edge strongly serrate; 4 cosatal scutes; first marginal scute in contact with first vertebral scute. Head rather small, narrow, with two pairs of prefrontals. Snout is beak-like, elongate. There area 2 claws on each limb. Males smaller, with longer tails and larger claws. Color of carapace yellowish brown, with dark brown and black radiating streaks; dorsal sides of limbs and head brown, scales edged yellowish. All ventral sides yellowish white.
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