Pan's box turtle

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Pan's box turtle
Cuora pani.jpg
Pan's box turtle, Cuora pani pani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Geoemydidae
Subfamily: Geoemydinae
Genus: Cuora
Species: C. pani
Binomial name
Cuora pani
Song, 1984
  • Cuora pani Song, 1984
  • Cuora chriskarannarum
    Ernst & McCord, 1987
  • Cuora chriskarannorum [sic]
    Obst & Reimann, 1994 (ex errore)
  • Cuora pani pani — Artner, 2003
  • Pyxiclemmys pani pani
    — Vetter, 2006

Pan's box turtle (Cuora pani ) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae (formerly Bataguridae). The yellow-headed box turtle is sometimes included herein as a subspecies Cuora pani aurocapitata.



The specific name, pani, is probably in honor of Chinese herpetologist Pan Lei.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

Cuora pani pani, the nominotypical subspecies, is endemic to the central Chinese provinces of Shaanxi, Sichuan and Hubei (Blanck & Tang, 2005).


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 218. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. (Cuora pani, p. 200).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Blanck T, Tang M (2005). "Ein neuer Fundort von Cuora pani SONG, 1984 mit Diskussion über den taxonomischen Status von Cuora pani und Cuora aurocapitata". SACALIA 7 (3), 2005: 16-37.
  • Song, Ming-tao (1984). "A new species of the turtle genus Cuora (Testudoformes: Testudinidae)". Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 9 (3): 330-332. (Cuora pani, new species). (in Chinese, with summary in English).