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Cuora picturata LEHR, FRITZ & OBST, 1998

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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesE: Southern Vietnam Box Turtle, Vietnamese Box Turtle
G: Vietnamesische Scharnierschildkröte 
SynonymCuora galbinifrons picturata LEHR, FRITZ & OBST, 1998
Cuora galbinifrons picturata — BECKER 1999
Cistoclemmys galbinifrons picturata — OBST 2003: 17
Cuora galbinifrons picturata — STUART & PARHAM 2004
Cuora picturata — SPINKS et al. 2007 
DistributionS Vietnam  
TypesHolotype: MTD 34565 (= MTKD) 
CommentConservation: Cuora picturata may be nearing extinction because it probably has a relatively small geographic range (given that it has never been encountered in the wild by scientists) and it, like other members of the genus Cuora, is in high commercial demand. 
  • Duong, Loi Duc; Chung Dac Ngo and Truong Quang Nguyen 2014. New records of turtles from Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. Herpetology Notes 7: 737-744
  • Fritz U; Obst F J 1998. Neue Schildkröten aus Südostasien Teil I. Platysternidae und Bataguridae (Cuora). Sauria 20 (4): 9–22 - get paper here
  • Janssen J, Indenbaum RA, 2018. Endemic Vietnamese Reptiles in Commercial Trade. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity - get paper here
  • Lehr, E., U. FRITZ & F. J. OBST. 1998. Cuora galbinifrons picturata subsp. nov., eine Unterart der Hinterindischen Scharnierschildkröte. Herpetofauna 20 (113): 5-11. - get paper here
  • McLaughlin, Connor J. and C. Tristan Stayton 2016. Convergent Evolution Provides Evidence of Similar Radiations in Shell Shape in the Turtle Families Emydidae and Geoemydidae. Herpetologica 72 (2): 120-129.
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Obst, F.J. 2003. Sumpfschildkröten. Draco 4 (13): 4-18 - get paper here
  • Spinks, Phillip Q.; Shaffer, H. Bradley 2007. Conservation phylogenetics of the Asian box turtles (Geoemydidae, Cuora): mitochondrial introgression, numts, and inferences from multiple nuclear loci. Conservation Genetics 8(3):641-657 - get paper here
  • Struijk, Richard P.J.H.; and Torsten E.G. Blanck 2016. A likely new natural hybrid form of “Cuora serrata” (Cuora picturata x Cuora mouhotii obsti) and its presence in the wild in Phu Yen province, Vietnam. Herpetology Notes 9: 73-80
  • Stuart, B.L. and James Ford Parham 2004. Molecular phylogeny of the critically endangered Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31 (1): 164-177 - get paper here
  • Wagner, P. 2018. Die Gattung Cuora – eine akut bedrohte, einzigartige Kreation der Evolution. Reptilia 23 (133): 16-21 - get paper here
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