Brown roofed turtle

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Brown roofed turtle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Pangshura
Species: P. smithii
Binomial name
Pangshura smithii
  • Batagur smithii Gray, 1863
  • Pangshura smithii (Gray, 1863)
Pangshura smithii smithii
  • Batagur smithii Gray, 1863
  • Pangshura smithii Günther, 1864
  • Clemmys smithii Strauch, 1865
  • Pangshura smith Theobald, 1868 (ex errore)
  • Emia smithii Gray, 1870
  • Kachuga smithii Boulenger, 1889
  • Kachuga smithi Smith, 1931 (ex errore)
  • Kachuga amithii Rudloff, 1974 (ex errore)
  • Kachuga smithi smithi Moll, 1987
  • Kachuga smithii smithii Moll, 1987
  • Pangshura smithii smithii Das, 2001
  • Pngshura smithii Das, 2001
  • Pangshura smithi Gurley, 2003
  • Pangshura smithi smithi Joseph-Ouni, 2004
Pangshura smithii pallidipes
  • Kachuga smithii pallidipes Moll, 1987
  • Kachuga smithi pallidipes van Dijk, 2000
  • Pangshura smithii pallidipes Das, 2001
  • Pangshura smithi pallidipes Joseph-Ouni, 2004

Brown roofed turtle (Pangshura smithii), the is a species of the Geoemydidae family of turtles found in South Asia.


Carapace much depressed, feebly keeled. Nuchal shield small, trapezoidal, broadest posteriorly; first vertebral with sinuous lateral borders, usually a little narrower in front than behind; second vertebral shortest, broader than long, usually with straight or slightly convex posterior border; third vertebral considerably longer than broad, subquadrangular, posterior border straight or slightly convex, fourth vertebral longest, tapering anteriorly and forming a narrow suture with the third; fifth vertebral much broader than the others. Plastron feebly angulated laterally, large; front lobe rounded, hind lobe angularly notched and as long as or a little shorter than the width of the bridge; the longest median suture is that between the abdominals, which about equals the length of the front lobe; gulars usually shorter than the suture between the humerals, their suture with the latter shields forming a right angle; inguinal large, axillary smaller. Head moderate; snout short, obtuse, feebly prominent; jaws with denticulated edge, upper not notched mesially; alveolar surface of upper jaw broad, the median ridge nearer the inner than the outer border; bony choanae between the orbits; the width of the lower jaw at the symphysis is less than the diameter of the orbit. Fore limbs with large transverse scales. Pale olive-brown above; dorsal keel usually blackish; plastral shields and lower surface of marginals dark brown, bordered with yellow. Length of shell 8.5 inches.[3]



 This article incorporates text from Reptilia and Batrachia, Volume 10, by George Albert Boulenger, a publication from 1890 now in the public domain in the United States.

  1. ^ a b Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). "Pangshura smithii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 239. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Boulenger, G. A. 1890. Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia.

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