McCord's box turtle

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McCord's box turtle
Cuora mccordi.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Geoemydidae
Subfamily: Geoemydinae
Genus: Cuora
Species: C. mccordi
Binomial name
Cuora mccordi
Ernst, 1988
  • Cuora mccordi
    Ernst, 1988
  • Cuora accordi
    Nöllert, 1992 (ex errore)
  • Cistoclemmys mccordi
    — Vetter, 2006

McCord's box turtle (Cuora mccordi ) is a species in the southeast Asian genus Cuora (family Geoemydidae).

Adult female


The specific name, mccordi, is in honor of American veterinarian William Patrick McCord (born 1950).[2]


Described by Ernst in 1988 from the Chinese pet trade, C. mccordi lacked distribution data for 19 years until Zhou et al. (2007) were able to report it from the wild.

Geographic range[edit]

McCord's box turtle is endemic to the Chinese Guangxi province.

Conservation status[edit]

C. mccordi is one of the most endangered Chinese endemic turtle species, highly sought after for traditional Chinese medicine and by turtle hobbyists.


Once thought to reach only 14 cm (5.5 in) carapace length, specimens of McCord's box turtle of up to 18 cm (7.1 in) carapace length are known now.


  1. ^ Fritz & Havaš, 2007.
  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. (Cuora mccordi, p. 172).


  • ERNST, C.H. 1988. Cuora mccordi, a new Chinese box turtle from Guangxi Province. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 101: 466-470.
  • FRITZ, U., and HAVAŠ, P. 2007. Checklist of Chelonians of the World. Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 217.
  • ZHOU T. 2007a. A survey of captive population dynamics for six endemic Chinese Box Turtle species. Sichuan Journal of Zoology, Chengdu 26 (2): 448-450.
  • ZHOU T., P-P Li. 2007. Chelonian species diversity and current status in China. Sichuan Journal of Zoology 26 (2): 464-467. (in Chinese)
  • ZHOU T. 2007b. Endemic Chinese box turtles. China Nature (2): 20-22. (in Chinese)
  • Zhou T., T. Blanck, W. P. McCord & P-P. Li. 2008. Tracking Cuora mccordi (Ernst, 1988); the first record of its natural habitat; a re-description; with data on captive populations and its vulnerability. Hamadryad 32 (1): 46-58.