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Malayan flat-shelled turtle

Binomial name: Notochelys platynota, John Edward Gray, 1834

The Malayan flat-shelled turtle (Notochelys platynota) is a species of turtle found in Southeast Asia.


Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, West Malaysia, Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Bangka), Vietnam, Singapore.

Type locality: "in India Orientali", later restricted to "Sumatra; Singapore" by Gray (1863:177).

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Scientific classification

Notochelys platynota

Common names

  • German: Plattrücken-Schildkröte
  • English:
    • Malayan flat-shelled turtle
    • Flat-shelled turtle


  • Notochelys platynota, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Notochelys platynota, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Notochelys platynota, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Notochelys platysnota, Wirot Nutaphand (1979)
  • Cistudo bankanensis, Pieter Bleeker (1889)
  • Cyclemys platynota, George Albert Boulenger (1889)
  • Cistudo bankanensis (nomen nudum), Pieter Bleeker (1889)
  • Cyclemys giebelii, Ambrosius Arnold Willem Hubrecht (1881)
  • Notochelys platynota, John Edward Gray (1873)
  • Notochelys platynota, John Edward Gray (1864)
  • Notochelys platynota, John Edward Gray (1863)
  • Cyclemys platynota, John Edward Gray (1856)
  • Emys platynotha, John Edward Gray (1835)
  • Emys platynota, John Edward Gray (1834)
  • Emys platynotha, John Edward Gray (1834)

Conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN2.3)

Vulnerable (IUCN2.3)

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Distribution map of Malayan flat-shelled turtle, Notochelys platynota in Thailand
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Narathiwat Province
  • Pattani Province
  • Songkhla Province
  • Trang Province

Range map of Notochelys platynota in Thailand

Important note; our range maps are based on limited data we have collected. The data is not necessarily accurate or complete.

Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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