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Title (Primary) Amyda cartilaginea (Boddaert 1770) – Asiatic Softshell Turtle, Southeast Asian Softshell Turtle
Title (Secondary) Conservation biology of freshwater turtles and tortoises : a compilation project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
Author Auliya, M.; van Dijk, P.P.; Moll, E.O.; Meylan, P.A.;
Publisher Rhodin, A.G.J.; Pritchard, P.C.H.; van Dijk, P.P.; Saumure, R.A.; Buhlmann, K.A.; Iverson, J.B.; Mittermeier, R.A.;
Journal Chelonian Research Monographs
Year 2016
Department NSF;
Volume 5
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T12;
UFZ wide themes RU1
Abstract The Asiatic Softshell Turtle, Amyda cartilaginea (Family Trionychidae), is a large species (total carapace length up to 850 mm) showing considerable variation in coloration over its wide range in tropical Southeast Asia. A recent genetic analysis suggests A. cartilaginea may be a species complex consisting of three species level clades with several subspecies. The turtle inhabits most types of aquatic habitats, from hill streams to rivers and swamps. It is an opportunistic omnivore with a preference for animal food. No comprehensive study of its reproductive biology exists; published observations suggest that females lay multiple clutches throughout the year with most nests being laid in the dry season, with clutch size ranging 3–28 eggs. Incubation period depends on microhabitat conditions and may last from 2–4.5 months. Amyda cartilaginea is a popular food
animal; it is intensively exploited and appears frequently in the Asian food trade. Although some populations are in decline, the species still appears moderately abundant, at least at some sites. Several populations occur in protected areas. Specific conservation actions for heavily exploited populations appear to be overdue. Continued unregulated and unreported international trade would undoubtedly further threaten the species and careful monitoring of this trade is necessary.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=18181
Auliya, M., van Dijk, P.P., Moll, E.O., Meylan, P.A. (2016):
Amyda cartilaginea (Boddaert 1770) – Asiatic Softshell Turtle, Southeast Asian Softshell Turtle
In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Pritchard, P.C.H., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Iverson, J.B., Mittermeier, R.A. (eds.)
Conservation biology of freshwater turtles and tortoises : a compilation project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
Chelonian Research Monographs 5
Chelonian Research Foundation, Lunenburg, MA, p. 092.1 - 092.17