Mekong snail-eating turtle

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Mekong snail-eating turtle
Snail Eating Turtle (Malayemys subtrijuga) (7783149638).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Malayemys
Species: M. subtrijuga
Binomial name
Malayemys subtrijuga
(Schlegel & Müller, 1845:30)[2]
  • Emys herrmanni Schweigger, 1812:311 nomen dubium
  • Emys subtrijuga Schlegel & Müller, 1845:30 nomen protectum
  • Emys nuchalis Blyth, 1863:82
  • Damonia crassiceps Gray, 1870:43
  • Damonia oblonga Gray, 1871:367

The Mekong snail-eating turtle (Malayemys subtrijuga) is a species of turtle in the Geoemydidae family. It was monotypic within the genus Malayemys until Brophy (2004, 2005)[3] revalidated (based on morphology) Malayemys macrocephala (Gray, 1859)[4] long time considered to be a synonym of M. subtrijuga.


The Mekong snail-eating turtle is found in the Mekong River basin of Cambodia, Laos, southern Vietnam, and northeastern Thailand.[1] Introduced in Java, Indonesia.[1] The occurrence of the species in Indonesia is regarded by Brophy (2005) to be allochtonous, i.e., non-native (Sumatra) or extinct (Java).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk, P.P.; Iverson, J.B.; Shaffer, H.B.; Bour, R.; and Rhodin, A.G.J.] (2012). Turtles of the World, 2012 update: Annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution, and conservation status. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5, pp. 000.243–000.328, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v5.2012, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2014-04-19. .
  2. ^ Schlegel, Hermann and Müller, Salomon. (1845). Over de Schildpadden van den Indischen Archipel, beschrijving einer nieuwe soort van Sumatra. In: Temminck, C.J. (Ed.). Verhandelingen over de Natuurlijke Geschiendenis der Nederlandsche Overzeesche Bezittingen 1839–44. Part 3. Zoologie, Schildpadden. Leiden: Luchtmans and van der Hoek, pp. 29–36.
  3. ^ Brophy, T. R. (2004). Geographic variation and systematics in the south-east Asian turtles of the genus Malayemys (Testudines: Bataguridae). Hamadryad 29:63-79.
  4. ^ Gray, John Edward. (1859). Description of a new species of freshwater tortoise from Siam. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1859(27):478–479.