Beal's eyed turtle

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Beale's eyed turtle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Geoemydidae
Subfamily: Geoemydinae
Genus: Sacalia
Species: S. bealei
Binomial name
Sacalia bealei
(Gray, 1831)
Synonyms[1]

Beale's eyed turtle (Sacalia bealei ) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae (formerly Bataguridae).

Common names[edit]

It is sometimes called Beale's four-eyed turtle, though that is not an ideal common name due to the possibility of confusion with the four-eyed turtle proper (Sacalia quadriocellata).

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, bealei, is in honor of Thomas Beale, a Scottish naturalist and merchant in China.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

Sacalia bealei is found in China and Hong Kong.

Conservation status[edit]

Listed as Endangered by the IUCN,[3] these turtles are hunted for use in folk medicine.[4]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 247. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Sacalia bealei, p. 20).
  3. ^ ATTWG (2000)
  4. ^ da Nóbrega Alves et al. (2008)

References[edit]

  • Boulenger, George Albert. (1889). Catalogue of the Chelonians, Rhynchocephalians, and Crocodiles in the British Museum (Natural History). New Edition. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). x + 311 pp. + Plates I- VI. ("Clemmys bealii [sic]", p. 107).
  • da Nóbrega Alves, Rômulo Romeu; da Silva Vieira, Washington Luiz; Gomes Santana, Gindomar. (2008): "Reptiles used in traditional folk medicine: conservation implications". Biodiversity and Conservation 17 (8): 2037–2049. doi:10.1007/s10531-007-9305-0 (HTML abstract, PDF first page)
  • Gray, John Edward. (1831). Synopsis Reptilium; or Short Descriptions of the Species of Reptiles. Part I.—Cataphracta. Tortoises, Crocodiles, and Enaliosaurians. London: Treuttel, Wurtz, and Co. viii + 85 pp. ("Cistuda Bealei ", p. 71).