Impressed tortoise

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Impressed tortoise
Manouria impressa specimen.jpg
A mounted specimen of Manouria impressa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Testudinidae
Genus: Manouria
Species: M. impressa
Binomial name
Manouria impressa
(Günther, 1882).
  • Geoemyda impressa
    Günther, 1882
  • Geoemyda latinuchalis
    Vaillant, 1894
  • Testudo pseudemys
    Boulenger, 1903
  • Testudo latinuchalis
    — Siebenrock, 1909
  • Testudo impressa
    M.A. Smith, 1922
  • Geochelone impressa
    Pritchard, 1967
  • Manouria impressa
    — Bour, 1980
  • Manowria impressa
    — Zhou & Zhou, 1991

The impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa), occurs in mountainous forest areas in Southeast Asia in Burma, southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. The species has a golden brown shell and skin. Adults are much smaller than their relatives the Asian forest tortoise (Manouria emys), with a maximum size of 35 cm (14 in) carapace length.

The impressed tortoise lives at high elevations, up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft). Its behavior is little known; diet in the wild may consist largely of mushrooms, although bamboo shoots are also eaten. The species is known for being difficult to keep alive in captivity; although its status in the wild is uncertain, it is eaten widely by local people and little captive breeding has occurred.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 288–289. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012.

Further reading[edit]

  • Günther A (1882). "Description of a new Species of Tortoise (Geoemyda impressa) from Siam". Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1882: 343-346.

External links[edit]

  • Fritz U, Havaš P (2007). Checklist of Chelonians of the World. Website.
  • Espenshade, William H.; Buskirk, James. Manouria impressa (Günther 1882): A Summary of Known & Anecdotal Information. [1]. California Turtle & Tortoise Club.