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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
SubspeciesCuora cyclornata cyclornata BLANCK, MCCORD & LE MINH 2006
Cuora cyclornata annamitica BLANCK, PROTIVA, ZHOU, LI, CROW & TIEDEMANN 2017
Cuora cyclornata meieri BLANCK, MCCORD & LE MINH 2006 
Common NamesE: Southern Vietnamese Three-striped Box Turtle [cyclornata]
E: Central Vietnamese Three-striped Box Turtle [annamitica]
E: Northern Vietnamese Three-striped Box Turtle [meieri]
G: Dreistreifen-Scharnierschildkröte
Chinese: 越南三线闭壳龟 
SynonymCuora cyclornata cyclornata BLANCK, MCCORD & LE MINH 2006
Cuora cyclornata — ZHOU et al. 2007
Cuora cyclornata — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Cuora cyclornata cyclornata — TTWG 2017

Cuora cyclornata annamitica BLANCK, PROTIVA, ZHOU, LI, CROW & TIEDEMANN 2017: 378
Cuora cyclornata annamitica — WAGNER 2018

Cuora cyclornata meieri BLANCK, MCCORD & LE MINH 2006
Cuora cyclornata meieri — TTWG 2017 
DistributionS China (Kwangsi, Kwangtung, Hainan Island, Hong Kong), Vietnam

annamitica: Vietnam, possibly Laos. Type locality: “Vietnam, Nghe An Province, Tan Ky district, near Ky Son Village.”

cyclornata: N Vietnam (Vinh Phu), China (Guangxi); Type locality: “Phong Nha Ke bang, Vietnam”

meieri: Vietnam (Vinh Phu), Type locality: Tam Dao, Vinh Phu Province, Vietnam  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 71348 (cyclornata)
Holotype: VUP R. Em. 04 (= VUM = Vinh University Museum), sub-adult male [annamitica]
Holotype: MHNT CHE 1992-11 (Toulouse, formerly LSN T 69) [meieri] 
CommentConservation: This is one of the most endangered turtle species according to a 2003 assessment by the IUCN.

Synonymy: see also Cuora trifasciata (STUART & PARHAM 2004). Cuora cyclornata may be a hybrid and has been provisionally considered to be a synonym of Cuora trifasciata by SPINKS & SHAFFER et al. (2006) in an “note added in proof”, and more formally in SPINKS et al. (2009). 
EtymologyC. c. meieri was named after Elmar Meier for his research and conservation efforts
involving Cuora. 
  • Blanck, T., Protiva, T., Zhou, T., Li, Y., Crow, P., and Tiedemann, R. 2017. New subspecies of Cuora cyclornata (Blanck, McCord & Le, 2006), Cuora trifasciata (Bell, 1825) and Cuora aurocapitata (Luo & Zong, 1988). Sichuan Journal of Zoology 36 (4):368–385
  • Blanck, T., W. P. McCord & Le Minh 2006. On the variability of Cuora trifasciata (Bell, 1825), the rediscovery of the type specimen, with descriptions of a new Cuora species and subspecies, and remarks on the distribution, habitat and vulnerability of these species. Frankfurt: Chimaira.152 pp.
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • TTWG; Anders G.J. Rhodin, John B. iverson, Roger Bour, Uwe Fritz, Arthur GeoRges, H. BRadley Shaffer, and Peter Paul van Dijk 2017. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (8th Ed.). In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Pritchard, P.C.H., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Ed Chelonian Research Monographs 7:1–292. doi: 10.3854/crm.7.checklist.atlas.v8.2017 - get paper here
  • Wagner, P. 2018. Die Letzten ihrer Art – 15 Jahre erfolgreiche Erhaltungszucht im Internationalen Zentrum für Schildkrötenschutz (IZS). Reptilia 23 (133): 22-30 - get paper here
  • Wagner, P. 2018. Die Gattung Cuora – eine akut bedrohte, einzigartige Kreation der Evolution. Reptilia 23 (133): 16-21 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • Zhou, T.; McCord, W.; Blanck, T. & Li, P.P. 2007. Cuora trifasciata and Cuora cyclornata - captive breeding in China. Reptilia (GB) (50): 68-73 - get paper here
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