Malayan softshell turtle

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Malayan softshell turtle
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Dogania subplana from Bogor.
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Trionychinae
Genus: Dogania
Gray, 1844[2]
Species: D. subplana
Binomial name
Dogania subplana
(Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1809)[1]
  • Trionyx subplanus Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1809
  • Gymnopus subplanus A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1835
  • Amyda subplana Fitzinger, 1843
  • Dogania subplana Gray, 1844
  • Trionyx frenatus Gray, 1856
  • Dogania guentheri Gray, 1862
  • Trionyx guentheri Günther, 1864
  • Potamochelys frenatus Gray, 1864
  • Sarbieria frenata Gray, 1869
  • Trionyx dillwynii Gray, 1873
  • Trionyx vertebralis Strauch, 1890
  • Trionyx pecki Bartlett, 1895
  • Dogania guntheri M.A. Smith, 1931 (ex errore)
  • Dogania subprana Nutaphand, 1979 (ex errore)
  • Dogania subplanus Gaffney & Meylan, 1988
  • Trionyx subprana Nutaphand, 1990
  • Trionix subplanus Richard, 1999

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

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Java, Kalimantan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore, and Sumatra.[4]


Adults may attain a carapace length of 35 cm (13¾ inches).

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.[4]

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.[5]


Dogania subplana prefers to live in the clean running water which is found in rocky streams at higher elevations.[4]


It feeds on snails and other molluscs, crushing their shells with its powerful jaws.[4]


  1. ^ a b Rhodin 2011, p. 000.207
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe, and Peter Havaš. 2007. Checklist of Chelonians of the World. Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 149-368. (Dogania, p. 314.)
  3. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 314–315. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Das, Indraneil. 2006. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Borneo. Ralph Curtis Books. Sanibel Island, Florida. 144 pp. ISBN 0-88359-061-1. ( (Dogania subplana) p. 136.)
  5. ^ * (Retrieved Feb 23, 2010.)

Further reading[edit]

  • Asian Turtle Trade Working Group 2000. Dogania subplana. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (Retrieved on July 9, 2007.)
  • Alderton, D. 1988. Turtles and tortoises of the world. Facts on File, New York.
  • Auliya, M. 2006. Taxonomy, Life History, and conservation of giant reptiles in west Kalimantan. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 432 pp.
  • Baur, G. 1893. Notes on the classification and taxonomy of the Testudinata. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 31: 210-225.
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1889. Catalogue of the Chelonians, Rhynchocephalians, and Crocodiles in the British Museum (Natural History). British Museum, London, 311 pp.
  • Chan-ard, T.; Grossmann, W.; Gumprecht, A. & Schulz, K.D. 1999. Amphibians and reptiles of peninsular Malaysia and Thailand - an illustrated checklist. [bilingual English and German]. Bushmaster Publications, Würselen, Germany, 240 pp.
  • Cox, Merel J.; Van Dijk, Peter Paul; Nabhitabhata, Jarujin & Thirakhupt, Kumthorn. 1998. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ralph Curtis Publishing, 144 pp. ISBN 0-88359-043-3.
  • Ernst, C.H. and Barbour, R.W. 1989. Turtles of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. - London.
  • Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, E. 1809. Mémoire sur les tortues molles. Nouv. Bull. soc. Philom. Paris 1 (22): 363-367.
  • Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, E. 1809. Sur les tortues molles, nouveau genre sous le nom de Trionyx, et sur la formation des carapaces. Ann. Mus. Hist. nat. Paris 14: 1-20 [11].
  • Gray, J.E. 1863. Notice of a new species of Dogania from Asia. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (3) 12: 158-159.
  • Gray, J.E. 1856. Catalogue of Shield Reptiles in the Collection of the British Museum. Part I. Testudinata (Tortoises). British Museum, London, 79 pp. [1855].
  • Grossmann, W. & Tillack, F. 2001. Bemerkungen zur Herpetofauna des Khao Lak, Phang Nga, thailändische Halbinsel. Teil III: Ergebnisse der Jahre 1999 und 2000. Sauria 23 (3): 21-34.

Hendrickson, J.R. 1966. Observations on the fauna of Pulau Tioman and Pulau Tulai. 5. The Reptiles. Bull. Nat. Mus. Singapore 34: 53-71.