Nubian flapshell turtle

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Nubian flapshell turtle
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Genus: Cyclanorbis
Species: C. elegans
Binomial name
Cyclanorbis elegans
Gray, 1868
  • Baikiea elegans Gray, 1869
  • Cyclanorbis elegans Boulenger, 1889
  • Cyclanorbis oligotylus Siebenrock, 1902

The Nubian flapshell turtle (Cyclanorbis elegans) is one of two species of softshell turtle in the genus Cyclanorbis of the Trionychidae family. It has historically been found in a wide range spanning Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, and Togo. However, it has been very rarely recorded during the last 50 years (not a single individual has been observed during the last 15 years) and there is little hope that the species is extant in Ghana, Benin, Togo, Nigeria and Cameroon. It is hoped that the species is still to be found in remote White Nile wetlands in South Sudan.


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