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Vijayachelys silvatica (HENDERSON, 1912)

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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Cochin Forest Cane Turtle
G: Gelbkopf-Erdschildkröte 
SynonymGeoemyda silvatica HENDERSON 1912
Geoemyda silvatica — SMITH 1931: 94
Heosemys silvatica — PRITCHARD 1979
Geoemyda silvatica — DAS 1997
Geoemyda silvatica — OBST 2003: 17
Vijayachelys silvatica — PRASCHAG et al. 2006
Geoemyda silvatica — MURTHY 2010: 23 
DistributionSW India (Cochin, Kerala)

Type locality: "Near Kavalai in the Cochin State Forests, inhabiting dense forest, at an elevation of about 1500 feet above sea level," India.  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 17117 
CommentType species: Geoemyda silvatica HENDERSON 1912 is the type species of the genus Vijayachelys PRASCHAG et al. 2006. 
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  • Deepak, V.; Karthikeyan Vasudevan and Bivash Pandav 2009. Preliminary Observations on the Diet of the Cane Turtle (Vijayachelys silvatica). Hamadryad 34 (1): 167-169
  • Ernst,C.H. and Barbour,R.W. 1989. Turtles of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. - London
  • Groombridge, B., E.O. Moll, and J. Vijaya. 1983. Rediscovery of a rare Indian turtle. Oryx 17: 130-134. - get paper here
  • Henderson, J.R. 1912. Preliminary note on a new tortoise from South India. Records of the Indian Museum 7 (21): 217-218. - get paper here
  • Kanagavel, Arun 2013. A new record of the Cochin Forest Cane Turtle Vijayachelys silvatica (Henderson, 1912) from Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, India. Reptile Rap (15): 3-6 - get paper here
  • Kanagavel, Arun & Rajeev Raghavan 2012. Local ecological knowledge of the threatened Cochin Forest Cane Turtle Vijayachelys silvatica and Travancore Tortoise Indotestudo travancorica from the Anamalai Hills of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4 (13): 3173–3182 - get paper here
  • Kanagavela, Arun; and Rajeev Raghavan 2013. Hunting of endemic and threatened forest-dwelling chelonians in the Western Ghats, India. Asian Journal of Conservation Biology, 2 (2): 172–177 - get paper here
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  • Praschag, Peter; Christian Schmidt, Guido Fritzsch, Anke Müller, Richard Gemel and Uwe Fritz 2006. Geoemyda silvatica, an enigmatic turtle of the Geoemydidae (Reptilia: Testudines), represents a distinct genus. Organisms Diversity and Evolution 6 (2): 151-162 [erratum in 6 (3): 254] - get paper here
  • Schaefer, I. 2005. Zacken-Erdschildkröten - Die Gattung Geoemyda. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 143 pp. - get paper here
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  • Sharath, B. K. 1990. On the Occurance of the forest cane turtle (Geoemyda silvatica) in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, South India. Hamadryad 15: 34
  • Smart, Utpal; V. Deepak, and Karthikeyan Vasudevan 2014. Preliminary Ethogram and in situ Time-activity Budget of the Enigmatic Cane Turtle (Vijayachelys silvatica) from the Western Ghats, South India. Herp. Cons. Biol. 9 (1): - get paper here
  • Umapathy, Govindhaswamy; Veerappan Deepak, Vinod Kumar, Mithileshwari Chandrasekhar, and Karthikeyan Vasudevan 2015. Endocrine Profiling of Endangered Tropical Chelonians Using Noninvasive Fecal Steroid Analyses. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14 (1): 108-115. - get paper here
  • Vijaya, J. 1982. Rediscovery of the forest cane turtle (Heosemys silvatica) of Kerala. Hamadryad 7 (3): 2-3.
  • Vijaya, J. 1983. Rediscovery of the Forest Cane Turtle, Heosemys (Geoemyda ) Silvatica (Reptilia, Testudinata, Emydidae) from Chalakudy Forests in Kerala. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 79 (3): 676-677 - get paper here
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