EMYSystem Species Page: Cistoclemmys flavomarginata
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Geoemydidae ()
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Cistoclemmys (Indo-Chinese Box Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Cistoclemmys flavomarginata (Yellow-margined Box Turtle)
range of species Cistoclemmys flavomarginata
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1863a : 175
Type Locality "China...; Formosa"; data with types are "Tamsuy, North West Formosa" [= Taiwan] and "China?", respectively, (see also Boulenger, 1889:135); listed as "Tamsui, Formosa" by Stejneger (1907:503) and Fang (1934:170), and formally restricted to "Tamsuy, NW-Formosa" by Mertens and Wermuth (1955:347).
Syntypes (2 specimens) BMNH 1947.3.5.50; BMNH 1947.3.5.68
Original name Cistoclemmys flavomarginata
Common name Yellow-margined Box Turtle
Distribution Southern China (PRC), Taiwan, and the Ryukyu Islands (Japan)
Comments Reviewed by Stejneger (1907; as Cyclemys flavomarginata), Smith (1931), Pope (1935; as Cyclemys flavomarginata), and McCord and Iverson (1991). The latter authors showed that the elevation of the Ryukyu Islands populations to the full species C. evelynae by Ernst and Lovich (1990:31) was not warranted; it is a weakly defined subspecies at best.
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