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Lissemys ceylonensis (GRAY, 1856)

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Higher TaxaTrionychidae (Cyclanorbinae), Trionychoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
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  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1947.3.4.17 and 1854.3.21.18 
Diagnosis 
CommentHabitat: freshwater (rivers and tributaries, lakes) 
EtymologyNamed after its occurrence in Sri Lanka, previously “Ceylon”. 
References
  • 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
  • Das, Indraneil & Abhijit Das 2017. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd., Oxford, 176 pp.
  • 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
  • Madawala, Majintha; Thilina D Surasinghe, Anslem De Silva, Dinesh Gabadage, Madhava Botejue, Indika Peabotuwage, Dushantha Kandambi, Suranjan Karunarathna 2019. Reappraisal of Herpetofauna Recorded from Jaffna Peninsula in Northern Sri Lanka with Remarks on Conservation, Diversity, and Distribution Russ. J. Herpetol. 26 (5): 247-260 - get paper here
  • 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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