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Lissemys ceylonensis (GRAY, 1856)

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Higher TaxaTrionychidae (Cyclanorbinae), Trionychoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesE: Sri Lankan Flapshell Turtle
G: Sri Lanka-Weichschildkröte 
SynonymEmyda ceylonensis GRAY 1856: 268
Emyda granosa — BOULENGER 1889 partim
Emyda granosa ceylonensis — ANNANDALE 1912
Lissemys punctata granosa — SMITH 1931
Lissemys ceylonensis — PRASCHAG et al. 2011
Lissemys ceylonensis — KARUNARATHNA & AMARASINGHE 2011
Lissemys ceylonensis — TTWG 2014 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: Ceylon  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1947.3.4.17 and 1854.3.21.18 
CommentHabitat: freshwater (rivers and tributaries, lakes) 
EtymologyNamed after its occurrence in Sri Lanka, previously “Ceylon”. 
  • Annandale, NELSON 1912. Zoological results of the Abor Expedition, 1911-1912. Records of the Indian Museum 8 (1): 7-59 [Reptilia, pages 37-59] (supplement in same journal, 8 (4): 357-358, 1914). - get paper here
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598
  • De Silva, Anslem 2016. Note on the aestivation of Lissemys ceylonensis (Gray, 1856) in Sri Lanka. Radiata (English edition) 25 (1): 28-29
  • De Silva, Anslem 2016. Bemerkungen zur Sommerruhe von Lissemys ceylonensis (Gray, 1856) in Sri Lanka. Radiata 25 (1): 28-29
  • Gray,J.E. 1856. On some new species freshwater tortoises from North America, Ceylon and Australia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (2) 18: 263-268 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (02): 69-76
  • PRASCHAG, PETER; HEIKO STUCKAS, MARTIN PÄCKERT, JÉRÔME MARAN & UWE FRITZ 2011. Mitochondrial DNA sequences suggest a revised taxonomy of Asian flapshell turtles (Lissemys SMITH, 1931) and the validity of previously unrecognized taxa (Testudines: Trionychidae). Vertebrate Zoology 61 (1): 147 – 160 - get paper here
  • Smith, Malcolm A. 1931. The Fauna of British India Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Amphibia Volume I.—Loricata, Testudines. Taylor and Francis, London, 185 pp.
  • TTWG [Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour] 2014. Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - get paper here
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