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Cyclemys pulchristriata FRITZ, GAULKE & LEHR, 1997

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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
Common Names 
SynonymCyclemys pulchristriata FRITZ, GAULKE & LEHR 1997
Cyclemys pulchristriata — SCHILDE 2004
Cyclemys pulchristriata — FRITZ et al. 2009
Cyclemys pulchristriata — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Cyclemys pulchristriata — TTWG 2014: 378
Cyclemys pulchristriata — TTWG 2021 
DistributionCambodia, Vietnam (south to Ba Ria–Vung Tau)

Type locality: Phuc-Son, Annam, Central Vietnam  
TypesHolotype: NMW 29525: 4 (pulchristriata) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Adult: Very similar to C. atripons, from which it is difficult to distinguish. If a dark plastral pattern is present in C. pulchristriata, it consists rather of short wide black lines or stout black specks; a black bridge is not known to occur. Hatchling (Fig. 9): Cannot be distinguished reliably from hatchling of C. atripons. For maximum size and comparison with diagnostic characters of other species, see Table 3 in Fritz et al. 2008: 10. 
CommentCyclemys atripons and Cyclemys pulchristriata have been described almost simultaneously. FRITZ et al. (2001) provide evidence that they are not conspecific although they are very similar. Cyclemys atripons and C. pulchristriata are morphologically indistinguishable, but are genetically paraphyletic with respect to C. dentata. Morphologically, both species are so similar that reliable species determination is only possible when genetic markers are used (FRITZ et al. 2008).

Habitat: freshwater (Rivers, swamps) 
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598 - get paper here
  • Fritz,U., Gaulke,M. & Lehr,E. 1997. Revision der südostasiatischen Dornschildkröten-Gattung Cyclemys Bell 1834, mit Beschreibung einer neuen Art. Salamandra 33 (3): 183-212 - get paper here
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Nguyen LT, Nguyen VD, Nguyen S 2018. The southernmost distribution of the Eastern Black-bridged Leaf Turtle, Cyclemys pulchristriata Fritz, Gaulke & Lehr, 1997 (Reptilia, Testudines, Geoemydidae), in Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. Check List 14(6): 1007-1011 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Schilde, M. 2004. Asiatische Sumpfschildkröten - Die Familie Geoemydidae in Südostasien, China und Japan. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 192 pp. - get paper here
  • TTWG [Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour] 2014. Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - 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
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