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Pelodiscus parviformis TANG, 1997

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Higher TaxaTrionychidae (Trionychinae), Trionychoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesChinese: 小鳖 
SynonymPelodiscus parviformis TANG 1997
Pelodiscus parviformis — ZHOU & LI 2007
Pelodiscus parviformis — YANG et al. 2012 
DistributionChina (Guangxi, Hunan)

Type locality: Quanzhou, Xingan, Guanyang, Ziyuan, Lingchuan counties in Guangxi; Dongan, Qiyang, Daoxian in Hunan.  
TypesHolotype: GXUA (probably; given as Endangered Species Protection Research Centre, Guangxi Agricultural University #95012 (now: Guangxi University); no acronym provided. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The diagnostic morphological features of adults of all five Pelodiscus species are summarized in Table 4 in FARKAS et al. 2019: 78. 
CommentSynonymy: This species was suspected to be a synonym of Pelodiscus sinensis (FRITZ & OBST 1999). However, Yang et al. (2011) argued that it is a valid species, although they did not provide a revised diagnosis. Hence the status of the species remains a bit unclear.

Habitat: freshwater (rivers and tributaries, swamps)

Distribution: see map in Farkas et al. 2019: 82 (Fig. 6). 
  • Anonymous 2016. Testudinate China [in both English and Chinese] Testudinate Industry Branch of the China Fishery Association, published on occasion of WCH8; author not explicitly stated, 54 pp.
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598
  • Farkas B, Ziegler T, Pham CT, Ong AV, Fritz U 2019. A new species of Pelodiscus from northeastern Indochina (Testudines, Trionychidae). ZooKeys 824: 71–86 - get paper here
  • Fritz U; Obst F J 1999. Neue Schildkröten aus Südostasien Teil II. Bataguridae (Cyclemys, Heosemys, Mauremys, Ocadia, Pyxidea, Sacalia) und Trionychidae. Sauria 21 (1): 11–26. - get paper here
  • Gong, Shiping; Melita Vamberger, Markus Auer, Peter Praschag, Uwe Fritz 2018. Millennium-old farm breeding of Chinese softshell turtles (Pelodiscus spp.) results in massive erosion of biodiversity. The Science of Nature 105: 34 - get paper here
  • Tang, Yezhong 1997. Research on a new species of Pelodiscus, Trionychidae in China. Zoological Research 18 (1): 13-17 - get paper here
  • YANG, Ping; Yezhong TANG, Li DING, Xianguang GUO and Yuezhao WANG 2011. Validity of Pelodiscus parviformis (Testudines: Trionychidae) Inferred from Molecular and Morphological Analyses. Asian Herpetological Research 2 (1): 21-29 - get paper here
  • ZHOU, T; P-P Li. 2007. Chelonian species diversity and current status in China. (in Chinese). Sichuan Journal of Zoology 26 (2):463-467 - get paper here
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