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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Enigmatic leaf turtle

Thai: เต่าใบไม้มลายู, dtao bai mai Malayu

Binomial name: Cyclemys enigmatica, Uwe Fritz, Daniela Guicking, Robert S. Sommer, Michael Wink & Anna K. Hundsdörfer, 2008

Cyclemys enigmatica, tentatively dubbed as the enigmatic leaf turtle, is a species of Asian leaf turtle found in the Greater Sunda Islands.


In the enigmatic leaf turtle, the carapace is dark brown and slightly reddish, ovoid, and lacks patterns in adults. The plastron is dark brown to black with or without dense, black, radiating patterns. The head is tan to a light reddish-brown in color. The throat and neck are uniformly dark. The bridge is dark brown to black. Hatchlings lack head and neck stripes and have brownish, mottled plastrons.


Its geographic range overlaps with C. dentata. Found in Brunei (?), Malaysia, and Indonesia (Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra).

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Site notes

This species is also found in South Thailand. 

Scientific classification

Cyclemys enigmatica

Common names

  • Thai: เต่าใบไม้มลายู, dtao bai mai Malayu


  • Cyclemys enigmatica, Tanya Chan-Ard et al. (2015)
  • Cyclemys enigmatica, Uwe Fritz, Daniela Guicking, Robert S. Sommer, Michael Wink & Anna K. Hundsdörfer (2009)

Conservation status

Not Evaluated (IUCN2.3)

Not Evaluated (IUCN2.3)

Cyclemys enigmatica distribution map

Cyclemys enigmatica distribution map

Public Domain Dedication

Distribution map of Enigmatic leaf turtle, Cyclemys enigmatica in Thailand

Range map of Cyclemys enigmatica in Thailand

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