Assam leaf turtle

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Assam leaf turtle
Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Cyclemys
Species: 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 Asian leaf turtle found in Northeastern India and Bangladesh.[1]

Taxonomy and nomenclature[edit]

The species was named after the Austrian herpetologist Richard Gemel.[2]


Carapace lacks patterns in adults. It is elongated and relatively flat, with nearly parallel sides. Plastron is unpatterned and dark brown. The head is brown and the throat and neck uniformly dark. The bridge is also dark brown.[3][4]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turtle taxonomy Working Group (Rhodin, A.G.J., van Dijk, P.P, Iverson, J.B., and Shaffer, H.B.).2010. Turtles of the world, 2010 update: annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution, and conservation status. In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Pritchard, P.C.H., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Iverson, J.B., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5. pp. 000.85-000.164, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v3.2010
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 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, R. S., Wink, M. and Hundsdörfer, A. K. (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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