EMYSystem Species Page: Melanochelys trijuga
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Geoemydidae ()
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Melanochelys (Indian Black Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Melanochelys trijuga (Indian Black Turtle)
range of species Melanochelys trijuga
approximate range
Original Description Schweigger 1812 : 310
Type Locality "insula Java" [Indonesia] (in error)
Holotype Possibly in MNHN
Original name Emys trijuga
Common name Indian Black Turtle
Distribution India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Burma; found in the Maldive Islands and on Diego Garcia in the Chagos Islands, although possibly introduced according to Boulenger (1889) and Deraniyagala (1939)
Comments Testudo scabra Linnaeus (1758:198; holotype: ZMUU 129) may be an older name for this species (Boulenger, 1889:121), but its identification has not been confirmed (see Lönnberg 1896; Pritchard and Trebbau 1984:182). Reviewed by Smith (1931; as Geoemyda trijuga), Bourret (1941; as Geoemyda trijuga), Tikader and Sharma (1985), and Das (1991).
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