Oldham's leaf turtle

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Oldham's leaf turtle
Cyclemys male and female shell.jpg
Cyclemys oldhamii carapace and plastron.
Not evaluated (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Geoemydidae
Subfamily: Geoemydinae
Genus: Cyclemys
Species: C. oldhamii
Binomial name
Cyclemys oldhamii
Gray, 1863
Cyclemys oldhamii distribution map.png
Cyclemys oldhamii range map

Oldham's leaf turtle (Cyclemys oldhamii ) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae.


Both the specific name, oldhamii, and the common name, Oldham's leaf turtle, are in honor of English plant collector Richard Oldham (1837-1864).[3]

Geographic range[edit]

C. oldhamii is found in Bangladesh, in the terai of India, in Myanmar, Thailand, W Borneo, Sumatra and Java. In addition, Cyclemys oldhami shanensis - sometimes considered a distinct species due to its shell pattern, oft described as looking similar to aged meat - occurs from central Myanmar to Thailand and Cambodia. The type locality was originally given as "Mergui and Siam", and restricted to Mergui by Smith (1931).[citation needed]


A case of hybridization between a male Cyclemys (oldhamii) shanensis and a female Chinese stripe-necked turtle has been described.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Turtle taxonomy Working Group (Rhodin, A.G.J., van Dijk, P.P, Iverson, J.B., and Shaffer, H.B.) (2010). Turtles of the world, 2010 update: annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution, and conservation status. In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Pritchard, P.C.H., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Iverson, J.B., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5. pp. 000.85-000.164, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v3.2010
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 220–221. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Cyclemys oldhami, p. 194).
  4. ^ Parham et al. (2001), Buskirk et al. (2005)


  • Annandale, N. (1918): Chelonia and Batrachia of the Inlé Lake. Rec. Ind. Mus. (Calcutta) 14: 67-69.
  • Buskirk, James R.; Parham, James F. & Feldman, Chris R. (2005): On the hybridisation between two distantly related Asian turtles (Testudines: Sacalia × Mauremys). Salamandra 41: 21-26. PDF fulltext
  • Fritz, U.; Gaulke, M. & Lehr, E. (1997): Revision der südostasiatischen Dornschildkröten-Gattung Cyclemys Bell 1834, mit Beschreibung einer neuen Art. Salamandra 33(3): 183-212.
  • Gray, J.E. (1863): Observations on the box tortoises, with the descriptions of three new Asiatic species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1863: 173-179.
  • Gray, J.E. (1864): Observations on the box tortoises, with the description of three new Asiatic species. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 13(3): 105-111.
  • Guicking, D.; Fritz, U.; Wink, M. & Lehr, E. (2002): New data on the diversity of the Southeast Asian leaf turtle genus Cyclemys BELL, 1834. Molecular results (Reptilia: Testudines: Geoemydidae). Faunistische Abhandlungen des Staatlichen Museums für Tierkunde Dresden 23(4): 75-86.
  • Schilde, M. 2003 Die Dornschildkröten der Gattung Cyclemys BELL, 1834. Draco 4(13): 37-42.