Bourret's box turtle

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Bourret's box turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Cuora
Species: Cuora bourreti
Binomial name
Cuora bourreti
Obst & Reimann, 1994[2]
  • Cuora galbinifrons bourreti Obst & Reimann, 1994
  • Cistoclemmys galbinifrons bourreti Bour, 2002
  • Cuora bourreti Stuart & Parham, 2004
  • Cistoclemmys bourreti Vetter, 2006

The Bourret's box turtle (Cuora bourreti )[2] is a turtle subspecies found in central Vietnam and adjacent Laos and commonly called the central Vietnamese flowerback box turtle.


Although Stuart and Parham (2004) argued that it was quite distinct, possibly enough to justify its elevation to a full species, ostelogic studies by Fritz et al. (2006) have shown that it probably better remains as a subspecies of C. galbinifrons. This is further substantiated by the finding of intergradation zones in north-central Vietnam, where hybrid populations of C. g. galbinifrons and C. g. bourreti are known to exist (Fritz et al. 2003).


This turtle is named in honor of French herpetologist René Léon Bourret.[4]

In captivity[edit]

The Vietnamese press has reported successful breeding of these turtles at a turtle farm in Phu Yen Province.[5]

Two Bourret's box turtles hatched at the National Zoo in the United States on 12 June 2017.[6]



  1. ^ IUCN (2016). "Cuora bourreti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Rhodin 2011, p. 000.188
  3. ^ Fritz 2007, p. 217
  4. ^ 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. (Cuora galbinifrons bourreti, p. 35).
  5. ^ Phu Yen farm protects rare regional turtle from extinction, 2014-02-17 
  6. ^ "Critically endangered Bourret's box turtles hatch at the Smithsonian's National Zoo", National Zoo, 21 June 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Fritz, Uwe; Petzold, Antje; Auer, Markus. 2006. Osteology in the Cuora galbinifrons complex suggests conspecifity of C. bourreti and C. galbinifrons, with notes on shell osteology and phalangeal formulae within the Geoemydidae. Amphibia- Reptilia 27 (2): 195-205.
  • Fritz U, Ziegler T, Herrmann H-W, Lehr E. 2002. Intergradation between subspecies of Cuora galbinifrons Bourret, 1939 and Pyxidea mouhotii (Gray, 1862) in southern North Vietnam. Faun. Abh. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 23: 59-74.
  • Obst FJ, Reimann M. 1994. "Bemerkenswerte Variabilität bei Cuora galbinifrons Bourret, 1939, mit Beschreibung einer neuen geographischen Unterart: Cuora galbinifrons bourreti subsp. nov." Zool. Abh. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 48: 125-138.
  • Stuart BL, Parham JF. 2004. Molecular phylogeny of the critically endangered Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons). Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 31: 164-177.

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