Mauremys annamensis (SIEBENROCK, 1903)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Mauremys annamensis?
|Higher Taxa||Geoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||E: Annam Leaf Turtle|
G: Vietnamesische Sumpfschildkröte
|Synonym||Cyclemys annamensis SIEBENROCK 1903|
Annamemys merkleni BOURRET 1939
Annamemys annamensis — SAVAGE 1953
Annamemys mekleni — TIEN 1957 (ex errore)
Annamemys annamensis — KING & BURKE 1989
Mauremys annamensis — IVERSON & MCCORD 1994
Ocadia glyphistoma MCCORD & IVERSON 1994 (part.)
Annamemys annamensis — OBST 2003: 17
Mauremys annamensis — FELDHAM & PARHAM 2004
Mauremys annamensis — TTWG 2014
Type locality: Phuc-Son (southwest of Tourane, central Annam), Vietnam.
glyphistoma: SW China (SW Guangxi), NE Vietnam Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Comment||Relegation of this taxon to the synonymy of Mauremys nigricans by McDowell (1964) was incorrect according to Pritchard (1979:191). McDowell considered only the juveniles, and the adults of Mauremys nigricans and Annamemys annamensis are very different. Although the specific distinctness of this form has been discussed, the generic status has not. See Bourret (1941:145 and 175), and Savage (1953).|
Hybridization: Viable (though not really healthy) hybrids between Mauremys annamensis and Cuora amboinensis kamaroma have been described by FRITZ & MENDAU (2002). O. glyphistoma is a hybrid between Ocadia sinensis and Mauremys annamensis (DALTON 2003). A specimen of O. glyphistoma studied by SPINKS et al. (2004) was most similar morphologically to O. sinensis yet falls on a short branch in the clade with Mauremys by DNA sequence data, a result that is consistent with it being a hybrid between a male O. sinensis and a female M. annamensis. Similarly, STUART & PARHAM (2007) confirmed that O. glyphistoma is a hybrid of Mauremys sinensis and M. cf. annamensis.
Conservation: This is one of the most endangered turtle species according to a 2003 assessment by the IUCN.
Habitat: freshwater (Rivers, swamps, ponds)
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