Asian narrow-headed softshell turtle

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Asian narrow-headed softshell turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Trionychinae
Genus: Chitra
Species: C. chitra
Binomial name
Chitra chitra
Nutaphand, 1986
Chitra chitra chitra
  • Chitra chitra
    Nutaphand, 1986
  • Chitra chitra chitra
    McCord & Pritchard, 2003
Chitra chitra javanensis
  •  ? Chitra selenkae
    Jaekel, 1911
  • Chitra chitra javanensis
    McCord & Pritchard, 2003
  • Chitra chitra javanica
    Iskandar & Mumpuni, 2003
    (ex errore)
  • Chitra chitra javaensis
    Artner, 2003
    (ex errore)

The Asian narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra chitra) is a large species of softshell turtle in the family Trionychidae.

Common names[edit]

Chitra chitra, is also known commonly as Nutaphand's narrowhead softshell.[2]


C. chitra can reach a carapace length of 4.9 ft (1.5 m).

Geographic range[edit]

C. chitra is found in Indonesia, possibly Malaysia, and Thailand.


Two subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[3]


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 311–312. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) 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. ("Nutaphand's Narrowhead Softshell Chitra chitra ", p. 192).
  3. ^ "Chitra chitra ". The Reptile Database.

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