Temporal range: Upper Cretaceous
Protostegidae - Rhinochelys nammourensis.JPG
Fossil of Rhinochelys nammourensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Protostegidae
Genus: Rhinochelys
Seeley, 1869
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Rhinochelys is an extinct genus of sea turtles belonging to the family Protostegidae.

Fossil records

Fossils of Rhinochelys have been found in Cenomanian-age marine deposits of southern England, Lebanon, and France.[1]


Three species of Rhinochelys are recognized:[1][2]

Rhinochelys cantabrigiensis and R. elegans, both named by Richard Lydekker in 1889, are recovered by Scavezzoni and Fischer (2018) as closer to Desmatochelys than to Rhinochelys and possibly are not congeneric with Rhinochelys.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Scavezzoni I, Fischer V. (2018) Rhinochelys amaberti Moret (1935), a protostegid turtle from the Early Cretaceous of France. PeerJ 6:e4594 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4594
  2. ^ Collins JI. 1970. The chelonian Rhinochelys Seeley from the Upper Cretaceous of England and France. Palaeontology 13(3):355-378
  3. ^ Haiyan Tong, Hirayama R., Makhoul, E. & Escuillie F. 2006. Rhinochelys (Chelonioidea : Protostegidae) from the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of Nammoura, Lebanon. Atti della società italiana di scienze naturali e del museo civico di storia naturale di Milano 147 (1) : 113 – 138