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Podocnemis expansa

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA TESTUDINES PODOCNEMIDIDAE

Scientific Name: Podocnemis expansa
Species Authority: (Schweigger, 1812)
Common Name(s):
English South American River Turtle, Arrau, Giant South American Turtle, Tartaruga
French Podocnémide Élargie
Synonym(s):
Emys amazonica Spix, 1824
Emys expansa Schweigger, 1812
Hydraspis bitentaculata Gray, 1831
Testudo arrau Humboldt in Gray, 1831

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Lower Risk/conservation dependent ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
History:
1994 Endangered (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Endangered (IUCN 1990)
1988 Endangered (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
1986 Endangered (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)

Geographic Range [top]

Countries:
Native:
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; Guyana; Peru; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Semi-aquatic - large rivers and tributaries, adjacent lagoons and forest ponds.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group 1996. Podocnemis expansa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 September 2014.
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