Eastern black-bridged leaf turtle

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Eastern black-bridged leaf turtle
Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Cyclemys
Species: C. pulchristiata
Binomial name
Cyclemys pulchristiata
Iverson & McCold, 1997
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Cyclemys pulchristiata range map.
  • Cyclemys pulchristriata Fritz, Gaulke & Lehr, 1997
  • Cyclemys pulchistriata Hallermann, Dirksen & Uetz, 1999 (ex errore)
  • Cyclemys pulchristata Das, 2005 (ex errore)
  • Cyclemys atripons pulchristriata Vetter, 2006

The eastern black-bridged leaf turtle (Cyclemys pulchristiata) is a species of Asian leaf turtles found in southern Indochina.[2]


In this species, the carapace is reddish brown, ovoid to elongated, with wide, radiating, black lines or large, black specks. The plastron is mostly yellow and may have short, fat lines, specks, or be uniformly colored. The head is speckled, with a yellow throat. The neck is striped. Hatchlings have wide head and neck stripes and yellow plastrons. The bridge is predominantly yellow with black stripes or entirely black. It is mostly morphologically indistinguishable from the western black-bridged leaf turtle, C. atripons, requiring genetic sampling to confidently identify.[3][4] Some authorities consider this species to be a junior synonym to or a subspecies of C. atripons.[1][3]


It is found in Cambodia and Vietnam.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 221. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b Durkin, Louise; Handschuh, Markus; Sovannak, Keo; Ward, Lizzy; Hulse, Nikki; Mould, Alistair (2010). "Discovery of a hitherto unknown breeding population of the Asian leaf turtle Cyclemys aff. atripons in Phnom Kulen National Park, northwestern Cambodia" (PDF). Cambodian Journal of Natural History. Centre for Biodiversity Conservation, Phnom Penh (1). 

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