Enigmatic leaf turtle

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Enigmatic leaf turtle
Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Cyclemys
Species: C. enigmatica
Binomial name
Cyclemys enigmatica
Fritz, Guicking, Auer, Sommer, Wink & Hundsdörfer, 2008
Cyclemys enigmatica distribution map.png
Cyclemys enigmatica range map.

Cyclemys enigmatica, tentatively dubbed as the enigmatic leaf turtle, is a species of Asian leaf turtle found in the Greater Sunda Islands.[1]


In the enigmatic leaf turtle, the carapace is dark brown and slightly reddish, ovoid, and lacks patterns in adults. The plastron is dark brown to black with or without dense, black, radiating patterns. The head is tan to a light reddish-brown in color. The throat and neck are uniformly dark. The bridge is dark brown to black. Hatchlings lack head and neck stripes and have brownish, mottled plastrons.[2]


Its geographic range overlaps with C. dentata.[3] Found in Brunei (?), Malaysia, and Indonesia (Java, Kalimantan, Sumatra).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Hoogmoed, M.S.; Gassó Miracle, M.E.; van den Hoek Ostende, L.W. (2002). "Type specimens of recent and fossil Testudines and Crocodylia in the collections of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands". Zool. Med. Leiden. Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis. 84 (8). ISSN 0024-0672. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Uetz, Peter; Hallermann, Jakob; Hosek, Jiri. "Cyclemys enigmatica Fritz, Guicking, Auer, Sommer, Wink & Hundsdörfer, 2009". The Reptile Database. Retrieved March 27, 2011.