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Malayan softshell turtle

Thai: ตะพาบแก้มแดง, tapaab gaem daeng

Binomial name: Dogania subplana, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1809

The Malayan softshell turtle (Dogania subplana) is a species of softshell turtle in the Trionychidae family. It is monotypic in its genus.

Geographic range

It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Java, Kalimantan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore, and Sumatra.


Adults may attain a carapace length of 35 cm (13.7 in). The head is large and muscular. The carapace is flat, and has straight sides. Juveniles are reddish on the sides of the neck, and have a few round black spots (ocelli) on the carapace. These markings become obscure as the turtles age.

This turtle is a medium to dark brown-green. The nose is long and tapered as with members of the family, Trionychidae. It has eight pairs of pleuralia.


D. subplana prefers to live in the clean running water which is found in rocky streams at higher elevations.


It feeds on snails and other molluscs, crushing their shells with its powerful jaws.

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Scientific classification

Dogania subplana

Common names

  • German: Malayische Weichschildkröte
  • English: Malayan soft-shelled turtle
  • Thai: ตะพาบแก้มแดง, tapaab gaem daeng


  • Dogania subplana, Turtle Taxonomy Working Group (TTWG) (2014)
  • Trionix subplanus, Richard (1999)
  • Dogania subplana, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Dogania subplana, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Trionyx subprana, Wirot Nutaphand (1990)
  • Dogania subplanus, E.S. Gaffney & P. A. Meylan (1988)
  • Trionyx subplanus, David Alderton (1988)
  • Dogania subprana, Wirot Nutaphand (1979)
  • Dogania subplana, John Roscoe Hendrickson (1966)
  • Dogania guntheri, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1931)
  • Dogania subplana, Leonhard Hess Stejneger (1907)
  • Trionyx pecki, Edward Bartlett (1895)
  • Trionyx vertebralis, Alexander Strauch (1890)
  • Trionyx subplanus, George Albert Boulenger (1889)
  • Trionyx dillwynii, John Edward Gray (1873)
  • Sarbieria frenata, John Edward Gray (1869)
  • Trionyx guentheri, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
  • Potamochelys frenatus, John Edward Gray (1864)
  • Dogania guentheri, John Edward Gray (1863)
  • Dogania guentheri, John Edward Gray (1862)
  • Trionyx frenatus, John Edward Gray (1856)
  • Trionyx frenatus, John Edward Gray (1855)
  • Dogania subplana, John Edward Gray (1855)
  • Dogania subplana, John Edward Gray (1844)
  • Amyda subplana, Leopold Fitzinger (1843)
  • Gymnopus subplanus, André Marie Constant Duméril & Gabriel Bibron (1835)
  • Trionyx subplanus, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1809)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN2.3)

Least Concern (IUCN2.3)

Dogania subplana

Dogania subplana

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Distribution map of Malayan softshell turtle, Dogania subplana in Thailand

Range map of Dogania subplana in Thailand

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