EMYSystem Text Only Species Page: Cistoclemmys flavomarginata

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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Geoemydidae ()
genus...............Cistoclemmys (Indo-Chinese Box Turtles)
species..............Cistoclemmys flavomarginata (Yellow-margined Box Turtle)
Original Description
Gray 1863a : 175
(2 specimens) BMNH 1947.3.5.50; BMNH 1947.3.5.68
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).
Original name
Cistoclemmys flavomarginata
Common Name
Yellow-margined Box Turtle
Southern China (PRC), Taiwan, and the Ryukyu Islands (Japan)
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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