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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Burmese flapshell turtle

Thai: ตะพาบหับ, tapaab hab

Binomial name: Lissemys scutata, Bernard Germain de Lacépède, 1788

The Burmese flapshell turtle, lives in the Irrawaddy and Salween rivers of Myanmar, and occurs in northeastern Thailand, and possibly in Yunnan Province, China (Kuchling, 1995). It has an olive-brown to brown carapace with some dark spotting (in juveniles) or reticulations (in adults), and the first peripheral is smaller than the second. The head is olive to brown with an indistinct dark stripe extending backward from each orbit and another passing backward between the orbits. Some experts believe it to be a subspecies of Lissemys punctata rather than its own species.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Testudines
Family
Trionychidae
Genus
Lissemys
Species
Lissemys scutata

Common names

  • German: Hinterindische Klappen-Weichschildkröte
  • English: Burmese flap-shelled turtle
  • Thai: ตะพาบหับ, tapaab hab

Synonyms

  • Lissemys scutata, Turtle Taxonomy Working Group (TTWG) (2014)
  • Lissemys scutata, William Patrick McCord & Mehdi Joseph-Ouni (2003)
  • Lissemys scutata, Gerald Kuchling (1995)
  • Lissemys scutata, David Alderton (1988)
  • Lissemys scutata, R. G. Webb (1982)
  • Trionyx punctatus scutatus, Robert Mertens, Lorenz Müller & Rust (1934)
  • Lissemys punctata scutata, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1931)
  • Emyda granosa scutata, Nelson Annandale (1912)
  • Emyda fuscomaculata, John Edward Gray (1873)
  • Emyda scutata, Wilhelm Karl Hartwich Peters (1868)

Conservation status

Data Deficient (IUCN2.3)

Data Deficient (IUCN2.3)