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Cuora aurocapitata LUO & ZONG, 1988

IUCN Red List - Cuora aurocapitata - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
SubspeciesCuora aurocapitata aurocapitata LUO & ZONG 1988
Cuora aurocapitata dabieshani BLANCK, PROTIVA, ZHOU, LI, CROW & TIEDEMANN 2017 
Common NamesE: Yellow-headed Box Turtle, Eastern Yellow-headed Box Turtle [aurocapitata]
G: Goldköpfige Scharnierschildkröte
E: Western Yellow-headed Box Turtle [dabieshani]
Chinese: 金头闭壳龟 
SynonymCuora aurocapitata LUO & ZONG 1988
Cuora aurocapitata — HENNEN 2001
Cuora pani aurocapitata — ARTNER 2004
Cuora pani aurocapitata — BLANCK & TANG 2005
Cuora aurocapitata — TING & PI-PENG 2007
Cuora aurocapitata — TTWG 2021
Cuora aurocapitata aurocapitata — TTWG 2021

Cuora aurocapitata dabieshani BLANCK, PROTIVA, ZHOU, LI, CROW & TIEDEMANN 2017
Cuora aurocapitata dabieshani — TTWG 2017
Cuora aurocapitata dabieshani — TTWG 2021 
DistributionChina (Anhui Province)

Type locality: “Nanling County, Anhui” (China)

dabieshani: China (Anhui, Henan, Hubei); Type locality: “Anhui province, China.”  
TypesHolotype: SNHM (formerly NHRM or SMNH, Shanghai): 87012; Paratypes: 87010-11
Holotype: NMW 32987 (Vienna) [dabieshani] 
CommentColor plate in Hennen (2001). Little or no mitochondrial DNA variation was found among the morphologically distinct species Cuora aurocapitata, Cuora pani, and Cuora trifasciata (STUART & PARHAM 2004). 
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