is a Rafetus genus of highly endangered softshell turtles in the family Trionychidae. It is a genus of large turtles which are found in freshwater habitats in Asia.
Species [ edit ]
According to most
taxonomists, the genus Rafetus contains the following two species.
A third species,
Rafetus leloii ( Hà, 2000 synonym R. vietnamensis ), known Le et al., 2010 commonly as the Hoan Kiem turtle, has been proposed as a species. It is considered a junior synonym of Rafetus swinhoei by most authorities, but some Vietnamese scientists insist the two forms are not identical. The last known individual at Hoan Kiem Lake was found dead on 19 January 2016.
Taxonomy [ edit ]
Cladogram [ edit ]
As drawn by Walter G. Joyce, Ariel Revan, Tyler R. Lyson, and Igor G. Danilov (2009)
Distribution [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Farkas B,
Webb RG (2003). " Rafetus leloii Hà Dinh Dúc, 2000 — an invalid species of softshell turtle from Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam (Reptilia, Testudines, Trionychidae)". Zool. Abhandl. ( Dresden) 53: 107-112.
Joyce, Walter G.; Revan, Ariel; Lyson, Tyler R.; Danilov, Igor G. (2009). "Two New Plastomenine Softshell Turtles from the Paleocene of Montana and Wyoming" (PDF). Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. 50 (2): 307–325. doi: 10.3374/014.050.0202.
European Reptile & Amphibian Specialist Group (1996). ". Rafetus euphraticus " . IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010 International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Buhlmann K, Rhodin A, van Dijk PP (Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Red List Authority) (2000). ". Rafetus swinhoei " . IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010 International Union for Conservation of Nature. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list ( link)
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