Bourret's box turtle

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Bourret's box turtle
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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]
Synonyms[3]
  • 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.

Taxonomy[edit]

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).

Etymology[edit]

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]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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.
Bibliography

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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