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Species of Thailand

Impressed tortoise

Manouria impressa, Albert Charles Lewis Günther, 1882

(In Thai: เต่าเดือย, dtao deuay)

The impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa), occurs in mountainous forest areas in Southeast Asia in Burma, southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. The species has a golden brown shell and skin. Adults are much smaller than their relatives the Asian forest tortoise (Manouria emys), with a maximum size of 35 cm.

The impressed tortoise lives at high elevations, up to 2, 000 m. Its behavior is little known; diet in the wild may consist largely of mushrooms, although bamboo shoots are also eaten. The species is known for being difficult to keep alive in captivity; although its status in the wild is uncertain, it is eaten widely by local people and little captive breeding has occurred.

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Scientific classification

Manouria impressa

Common names

  • German: Flache hinterindische landschildkröte
  • English: Impressed tortoise
  • Thai: เต่าเดือย, dtao deuay


  • Manouria impressa, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Manouria impressa, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Manouria impressa, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Manowria impressa, Zhou & Zhou (1991)
  • Geochelone (Manouria) impressa, David Alderton (1988)
  • Manouria impressa, Fritz Jürgen Obst (1985)
  • Manouria impressa, Roger Bour (1980)
  • Geochelone impressa, Peter Charles Howard Pritchard (1967)
  • Testudo impressa, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1922)
  • Testudo latinuchalis, Friedrich Siebenrock (1909)

Conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN2.3)

Vulnerable (IUCN2.3)


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Manouria impressa

Range Map

Distribution map of Impressed tortoise, Manouria impressa in Thailand
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Phop Phra District, Tak
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Umphang District, Tak
Range map of Manouria impressa in Thailand