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Morenia petersi (ANDERSON, 1879)

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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Indian Eyed Turtle
G:Vorderindische Pfauenaugenschildkröte 
SynonymBatagur (Morenia) petersi ANDERSON 1879
Morenia petersi — BOULENGER 1889
Morenia petersi — DAS 1996: 38
Morenia petersi — MURTHY 2010: 23 
DistributionNE India (Assam, as far west as Bihar), Nepal, Bangladesh

Type locality: Huzurapur (Jessore District), Furreedpore and Dacca, Bangladesh.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesSyntypes: ZSI 155 and 156 
CommentIverson (1986:58) believes the holotype is in the IMC, which today is primarily an ethnographic museum. Many specimens reported to be in the IMC, or in the museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, are in the ZSI (after KING & BURKE 1989).

Habitat: freshwater (Rivers, swamps, tributaries) 
EtymologyNamed after Wilhelm Peters (1815-1883), German herpetologist. 
References
  • Anderson, J. 1879. Reptilia and amphibia. In: Anatomical and Zoological Researches: Comprising an Account of the Zoological Results of the Two Expeditions to Western Yunnan in 1868 and 1875. Volume I. [pages 703-860, 969-975 index.]. Bernard Quarich, London, Vol. I: 705– 860,[1878] - get paper here
  • Anderson, JOHN 1879. Anatomical and Zoological Researches: Comprising an Account of the Zoological Results of the Two Expeditions to Western Yunnan in 1866 and 1875; and a Monograph of the Two Cetacean Genera Platanista and Orcella. Volume II. Atlas. Bernard Quaritch, London "1878".; Atlas: 85 plates [herpetological plates 55-78, 75A, 75B]). - get paper here
  • Baruah, Chittaranjan & D.K. Sharma 2010. Indian Eyed Turtle Morenia petersi (Anderson, 1879) in the Deepor Beel, Ramsar site. Reptile Rap (9): 6-7 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1889. Catalogue of the Chelonians, Rhynchocephalians, and Crocodiles in the British Museum (Natural History). British Museum, London, 311 pp.
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598
  • Das, I. et al. 2008. Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles of India. WWF/WII poster
  • Ernst,C.H. and Barbour,R.W. 1989. Turtles of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. - London
  • Iverson, J.B. 1986. A Checklist with Distribution Maps of the Turtles of the World. Paust Printing, Richmond, Indiana. viii + 282 pp.
  • Kästle , W., Rai, K. & Schleich, H.H. 2013. FIELD GUIDE to Amphibians and Reptiles of Nepal. ARCO-Nepal e.V., 625 pp. - get paper here
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 pp.
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 pp.
  • Purkayastha, Jayaditya; Ahmed Mahmadul Hassan, Hasanul Islam, Jessica Das, Manoj Sarma, Mituseela Basumatary, Nilakshi Sarma, Nishant Chatterjee, Sachin Singha, Vishnupriya Nair, Arundhati Purkayastha, Jayashree Dutta, Madhurima Das 2013. Turtles of the Temple Pond of Kamakhya, Assam, India. Reptile Rap (15): 11-15 - 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.
 
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