Beal's eyed turtle

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Beale's eyed turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Geoemydidae
Subfamily: Geoemydinae
Genus: Sacalia
Species: S. bealei
Binomial name
Sacalia bealei
(Gray, 1831)

Beale's eyed turtle (Sacalia bealei ) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae (formerly Bataguridae).

Common names[edit]

It is sometimes called Beale's four-eyed turtle, though that is not an ideal common name due to the possibility of confusion with the four-eyed turtle proper (Sacalia quadriocellata).


The specific name, bealei, is in honor of Thomas Beale, a Scottish naturalist and merchant in China.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

Sacalia bealei is found in China and Hong Kong.

Conservation status[edit]

Listed as Endangered by the IUCN,[3] these turtles are hunted for use in folk medicine.[4]


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 247. 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. (Sacalia bealei, p. 20).
  3. ^ ATTWG (2000)
  4. ^ da Nóbrega Alves et al. (2008)


  • Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (ATTWG). (2000). "Sacalia bealei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 July 2007.  Listed as Endangered (EN A1d+2d).
  • Boulenger, George Albert. (1889). Catalogue of the Chelonians, Rhynchocephalians, and Crocodiles in the British Museum (Natural History). New Edition. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). x + 311 pp. + Plates I- VI. ("Clemmys bealii [sic]", p. 107).
  • da Nóbrega Alves, Rômulo Romeu; da Silva Vieira, Washington Luiz; Gomes Santana, Gindomar. (2008): "Reptiles used in traditional folk medicine: conservation implications". Biodiversity and Conservation 17 (8): 2037–2049. doi:10.1007/s10531-007-9305-0 (HTML abstract, PDF first page)
  • Gray, John Edward. (1831). Synopsis Reptilium; or Short Descriptions of the Species of Reptiles. Part I.—Cataphracta. Tortoises, Crocodiles, and Enaliosaurians. London: Treuttel, Wurtz, and Co. viii + 85 pp. ("Cistuda Bealei ", p. 71).