Notochelys platynota


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Notochelys platynota
Species Authority: (Gray, 1834)
Common Name(s):
English Malayan Flat-shelled Turtle
Emys platynota Gray, 1834

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A1cd+2cd ver 2.3
Year Published: 2000
Date Assessed: 2000-06-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Asian Turtle Trade Working Group
Reviewer(s): Buhlmann, K., Rhodin, A. & van Dijk, P.P. (Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Red List Authority)
In Indonesia the population declined from extremely common in the late 1980s to reasonably common at present. In Malaysia, trade volume has increased while habitat has decreased. In Thailand considered at least Vulnerable (OEPP 1997). It was traded in East Asian food markets in 1999 at levels of 2–3 tons per day (B. Chan and R. Kan, pers. comms.), after proportionally very high mortality during transport.
1996 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Brunei Darussalam; Indonesia; Malaysia; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The trade volume of this species has increased in Malaysia, whilst habitat has decreased. In East Asian food markets it was traded at levels of 2–3 tons/day in 1999, after proportionally very high mortality during transport.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Asian Turtle Trade Working Group 2000. Notochelys platynota. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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