Burmese flapshell turtle

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Burmese flapshell turtle
Lissemys scutata.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Genus: Lissemys
Species: L. scutata
Binomial name
Lissemys scutata
(Lacépède, 1788)
  • Emyda scutata Peters, 1868
  • Emyda fuscomaculata Gray, 1873
  • Emyda granosa scutata Annandale, 1912
  • Lissemys punctata scutata Smith, 1931
  • Trionyx punctatus scutatus Mertens, Müller & Rust, 1934
  • Lissemys scutata Webb, 1982

The Burmese flapshell turtle, lives in the Irrawaddy and Salween rivers of Myanmar, and occurs in northeastern Thailand, and possibly in Yunnan Province, China (Kuchling, 1995). It has an olive-brown to brown carapace with some dark spotting (in juveniles) or reticulations (in adults), and the first peripheral is smaller than the second. The head is olive to brown with an indistinct dark stripe extending backward from each orbit and another passing backward between the orbits. Some experts[who?] believe it to be a subspecies of Lissemys punctata rather than its own species.[1]


  1. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 316. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012.