Indian eyed turtle

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Indian eyed turtle
Morenia petersi.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Geoemydidae
Subfamily: Geoemydinae
Genus: Morenia
Species: M. petersi
Binomial name
Morenia petersi
(Anderson, 1879)
  • Batagur (Morenia) petersi
    Anderson, 1879
  • Morenia petersi
    Boulenger, 1889

The Indian eyed turtle (Morenia petersi ) is a species of turtle endemic to South Asia.

Geographic range[edit]

M. petersi is found in northeastern India (as far west as Bihar) and in Bangladesh.


The specific name, petersi, is in honour of German herpetologist Wilhelm Peters (1815–1883).[2]


Morenia petersi is very closely allied to Morenia ocellata. The snout is much more pointed and relatively longer. The suture between the pectorals is not shorter than the suture between the abdominals. The carapace is black. Each vertebral has a narrow yellowish mesial line. The last four vertebrals have a yellowish linear horseshoe mark with both ends directed forward. All costals have an ocellus placed rather low and formed by a narrow yellowish line, above which are some irregular looped lines of similar colour. The nuchal and each marginal have a narrow, vertical yellowish mesial streak. The plastron is yellow. There are three yellow streaks on each side of the head, the lower one extending from below the nostril to the angle of the mouth.[3] Males can achieve a carapace length of up to 5 inches (about 12 cm); females can achieve a shell length of up to 8 inches (about 20 cm).[3]

Type locality: Huzurapur (Jessore District), Faridpur, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Mating occurs in the winter months, and nesting follows in April–May. A clutch is made up of two eggs 34.6–35 mm x 22 mm (1.4 in x 0.9 in).


  1. ^ "Morenia petersi ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ 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. (Morenia petersi, pp. 204-205).
  3. ^ a b Boulenger GA (1890). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. ("Morenia petersii [sic]", p. 36).

Further reading[edit]

  • Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). "Morenia petersi". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2000: e.T13874A97373996. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2000.RLTS.T13874A4359795.en. Retrieved 9 January 2018.  Database entry includes justification for why this species is vulnerable
  • Anderson J (1879). Anatomical and Zoological Researches: Comprising an Account of the Zoological Results of the Two Expeditions to Western Yunnan in 1866 and 1875; and a Monograph of the Two Cetacean Genera Platanista and Orcella. London: Bernard Quaritch. Two volumes (Text: 985 pages [herpetology: pages 703-860, 969-975]; Atlas: 85 plates [herpetological plates 55-78, 75A, 75B]). (Batagur petersi, new species, pp. 761–764 + Plate 69).
  • Das I (1991). Colour Guide to the Turtles and Tortoises of the Indian Subcontinent. Avon, England: R&A Publishing. 133 pages.

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