The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 09. First natural history observations of the Critically Endangered Wattle-necked softshell turtle Palea steindachneri in its native range


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pp. 127-129

Authors: Pham Van Thong, Ha Van Ngoan, Vi Van Dinh, Nguyen Huu Trung, Luong Van Nam, Lo Tien Bieu, Pham Thi Ha Nguyen, Pham Minh Phuong, Nguyen Van Thai, Tran Xuan Cuong, Hoang Anh Tuan & Russell J. Gray

Abstract: The Wattle-necked softshell turtle Palea steindachneri is poorly understood in its natural habitat, despite being highly productive in farms and commonly observed in the turtle trade. Field observations conducted in Vietnam's Pu Mat National Park represent the inaugural instance of direct, in-the-wild natural history documentation for the species within its native habitat. In contrast, prior research relied on interview data gathered from local communities. The species was found in slow-moving water in a sandy stream, consistent with previous information from community interview data. The limited range and its frequent appearance in the food and traditional medicine trade have led to the species’ classification as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List.

Keywords: Natural history, observation, Palea steindachneri, Vietnam turtle, Wattle-necked softshell turtle

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