Assam leaf turtle

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Assam leaf turtle
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Cyclemys
C. gemeli
Binomial name
Cyclemys gemeli
Fritz, Guicking, Auer, Sommer, Wink & Hundsdörfer, 2008
Cyclemys gemeli distribution map.png
Cyclemys gemeli range map

The Assam leaf turtle (Cyclemys gemeli ) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae. The species is endemic to India and Bangladesh.[1]


The specific name, gemeli, is in honor of Austrian herpetologist Richard Gemel (born 1948).[2]


The carapace of C. gemeli lacks patterns in adults. It is elongated and relatively flat, with nearly parallel sides. The plastron is unpatterned and dark brown. The head is brown, and the throat and neck are uniformly dark. The bridge is also dark brown.[3][4]

Geographic range[edit]

The Assam leaf turtle can be found in Bangladesh and India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, West Bengal).[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turtle Taxonomy Working Group (Rhodin AGJ, van Dijk PP, Iverson JB, Shaffer HB) (2010). "Turtles of the world, 2010 update: annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution, and conservation status". In: Rhodin AGJ, Pritchard PCH, van Dijk PP, Saumure RA, Buhlmann KA, Iverson JB, Mittermeier RA (editors) (2010). "Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group". Chelonian Research Monographs (5): 000.85-000.164, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v3.2010
  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. (Cyclemys gemeli, p. 99).
  3. ^ Fritz U, Guicking D, Auer M, Sommer RS, Wink M, Hundsdörfer AK (2008). "Diversity of the Southeast Asian leaf turtle genus Cyclemys: how many leaves on its tree of life?". Zoologica Scripta 37: 367–390. doi:10.1111/j.1463-6409.2008.00332.x
  4. ^ Praschag, Peter; Hundsdörfer, Anna K.; Fritz, Uwe (2009). "Further specimens and phylogenetic position of the recently described leaf turtle species Cyclemys gemeli (Testudines: Geoemydidae)" (PDF). Zootaxa. Magnolia Press. 29 (37). ISSN 1175-5334. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Uetz, Peter; Hallermann, Jakob; Hosek, Jiri. "Cyclemys gemeli Fritz, Guicking, Auer, Sommer, Wink & Hundsdörfer, 2009". The Reptile Database. Retrieved March 27, 2011.

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