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Cuora picturata LEHR, FRITZ & OBST, 1998

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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Southern Vietnam Box Turtle, Vietnamese Box Turtle
G: Vietnamesische Scharnierschildkröte 
SynonymCuora galbinifrons picturata LEHR, FRITZ & OBST, 1998
Cuora galbinifrons picturata — BECKER 1999
Cistoclemmys galbinifrons picturata — OBST 2003: 17
Cuora galbinifrons picturata — STUART & PARHAM 2004
Cuora picturata — SPINKS et al. 2007
Cuora picturata — LIU et al. 2019
Cuora picturata — TTWG 2021 
DistributionS Vietnam

Type locality: southern Annam, Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: MTD 34565 (= MTKD) 
CommentConservation: Cuora picturata may be nearing extinction because it probably has a relatively small geographic range (given that it has never been encountered in the wild by scientists) and it, like other members of the genus Cuora, is in high commercial demand. Until 2006 it was only known from markets in southern Vietnam. 
  • Augustine L., Haislip N. 2019. Husbandry and reproduction of the Indochinese box turtle Cuora galbinifrons, Bourret's box turtle Cuora bourreti and Southern Vietnam box turtle Cuora picturata in North America. International Zoo Yearbook - get paper here
  • Duong, Loi Duc; Chung Dac Ngo and Truong Quang Nguyen 2014. New records of turtles from Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. Herpetology Notes 7: 737-744 - get paper here
  • Fritz U; Obst F J 1998. Neue Schildkröten aus Südostasien Teil I. Platysternidae und Bataguridae (Cuora). Sauria 20 (4): 9–22 - get paper here
  • Janssen J, Indenbaum RA, 2018. Endemic Vietnamese Reptiles in Commercial Trade. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity - get paper here
  • Lehr, E., U. FRITZ & F. J. OBST. 1998. Cuora galbinifrons picturata subsp. nov., eine Unterart der Hinterindischen Scharnierschildkröte. Herpetofauna 20 (113): 5-11. - get paper here
  • Liu X, Li W, Ye Z, Zhu Y, Hong X, Zhu X. 2019. Morphological characterization and phylogenetic relationships of Indochinese box turtles—The Cuora galbinifrons complex. Ecol Evol. 9: 13030–13042 - get paper here
  • McLaughlin, Connor J. and C. Tristan Stayton 2016. Convergent Evolution Provides Evidence of Similar Radiations in Shell Shape in the Turtle Families Emydidae and Geoemydidae. Herpetologica 72 (2): 120-129. - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Obst, F.J. 2003. Sumpfschildkröten. Draco 4 (13): 4-18 - get paper here
  • Spinks, Phillip Q.; Shaffer, H. Bradley 2007. Conservation phylogenetics of the Asian box turtles (Geoemydidae, Cuora): mitochondrial introgression, numts, and inferences from multiple nuclear loci. Conservation Genetics 8(3):641-657 - get paper here
  • Struijk, Richard P.J.H.; and Torsten E.G. Blanck 2016. A likely new natural hybrid form of “Cuora serrata” (Cuora picturata x Cuora mouhotii obsti) and its presence in the wild in Phu Yen province, Vietnam. Herpetology Notes 9: 73-80 - get paper here
  • Stuart, B.L. and James Ford Parham 2004. Molecular phylogeny of the critically endangered Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31 (1): 164-177 - get paper here
  • TTWG; Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., Bour, R., Fritz, U., Georges, A., Shaffer, H.B., and van Dijk, P.P. 2021. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (9th Ed.). In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Stanford, C.B., Goode, E.V., Buhlmann, K.A., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Chelonian Research Monographs 8:1–472. doi:10.3854/crm.8.checklist.atlas.v9.2021. - get paper here
  • Wagner, P. 2018. Die Gattung Cuora – eine akut bedrohte, einzigartige Kreation der Evolution. Reptilia 23 (133): 16-21 - get paper here
  • WITTE, O. 2019. 2019 neu aufgenommene Tierarten in CITES - was jetzt für Sie als Halter zu tun ist Elaphe 2019 (6): 8-11
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