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Cuora yunnanensis Boulenger, 1906

Yunnan box turtle

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Cyclemys yunnanensis Boulenger, 1906

 

Conservation Status

Last record: 1940

Rediscovered in 2004

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered

 

Distribution

Yunnan, China

 

Biology

 

 

Hypodigm

 

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Boulenger, G. A. (1906). Descriptions of new reptiles from Yunnan. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 17(7): 567-568.

 

Other references:

Anonymous. (2010). Captive management of Cuora: An alternative to extinction in the wild. Turtle Survival Alliance Magazine 2010: 18–19.

Blanck, T. (2005). Cuora yunnanensis (Boulenger, 1906), the Yunnan Box Turtle, Rediscovered after One-hundred Years? Radiata 14(2): 10-33.

Blanck, T., Zhou T., & W.P. McCord. (2006). The Yunnan Box Turtle, Cuora yunnanensis (Boulenger, 1906); historical background and an update on the morphology, distribution and vulnerabilities of the only known living specimens. Sacalia 4(13): 14-35.

Bour, R. (2005). Redécouverte d'une tortue considérée comme éteinte, Cuora yunnanensis (Boulenger, 1906). Manouria. 8(26): 43-44.

Ernst, Carl H. (1988). Redescriptions of two Chinese Cuora (Reptilia: Testudines: Emydidae). Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 101(1): 155-161.

Hagen, Cris, Hudson, Rick and Lau, Michael. (2011). Building an Assurance Colony for One Of The World’s Rarest Turtles, the Yunnan Box Turtle (Cuora yunnanensis). Turtle Survival, pp. 8-10.

He J., Zhou T., Rao D.-Q., & Zhang Y.-P. (2007). Studies on the molecular identification and phylogeny of Cuora yunnanensis. Chinese Science Bulletin 52(17): 2085-208.

JING HE, TING ZHOU, DINGQI RAO & YA-PING ZHANG. 2007. Molecular identification and phylogenetic position of Cuora yunnanensis. Chinese Science Bulletin 52(23): 3305–3309.

Parham, Stuart, Bour & Fritz. (2004). Evolutionary distinctness of the extinct Yunnan box turtle (Cuora yunnanensis) revealed by DNA from an old museum specimen. Proc R. Soc Lond. B (Supplement): S391-S394 + appendix.

Turtle Conservation Coalition [Rhodin, A.G.J., Walde, A.D., Horne, B.D., van Dijk, P.P., Blanck, T., and Hudson, R. (Eds.)]. (2011). Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles—2011. Lunenburg, MA: IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, Turtle Conservation Fund, Turtle Survival Alliance, Turtle Conservancy, Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society, and San Diego Zoo Global. 54 pp.

Turtle Conservation Coalition [Stanford, C.B., Rhodin, A.G.J., van Dijk, P.P., Horne, B.D., Blanck, T., Goode, E.V., Hudson, R., Mittermeier, R.A., Currylow, A., Eisemberg, C., Frankel, M., Georges, A., Gibbons, P.M., Juvik, J.O., Kuchling, G., Luiselli, L., Shi, H., Singh, S., and Walde, A. (Eds.)]. (2018). Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles—2018. Ojai, CA: IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, Turtle Conservancy, Turtle Survival Alliance, Turtle Conservation Fund, Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Global Wildlife Conservation. 80 pp.

van Dijk, P.P., Blanck, T. & Lau, M. (2010). Cuora yunnanensis. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. (https://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 13 November 2012.

Zhang X. & Cheng Q. (1946). Records of Reptiles in sub-urban of Kunming. Fauna Research Center, Sino France Culture, Acad Publ., (Inst. Zool. Chin. Acad. Sci.) 1(8): 2-8.

Zhou, T. and Zhao, E. (2004). On the occurrence of living Cuora yunnanensis since fifty-eight years, and its description. Sichuan Journal of Zoology 23(4): 325-327.

Zhou, Ting. (2005). Discovery of a living male Yunnan Box Turtle, Cuora yunnanensis Boulerger, 1906 (sic). Sichuan Journal of Zoology 24(3): 345-346.

Zhou T., W.P. McCord, T. Blanck, X-f. Sun. (2008). Rediscovery and first breeding of the Yunnan box turtle Cuora yunnanensis. Reptilia: 29-34.

Zong Yu. (1998). Cuora yunnanensis. In: Zhao Ermi (ed.), China Red data Book of Endangered Animals - Amphibia & Reptilia, pp. 110-111. Science Press, Beijing.

 

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