Carettochelys insculpta


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Carettochelys insculpta
Species Authority: Ramsay, 1886
Common Name(s):
English Pig-nosed Turtle, Fly River Turtle, New Guinea Plateless Turtle, Pig-nose Turtle, Pitted-shell Turtle

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A1bd 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)
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Australia; Indonesia; Papua New Guinea
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Terrestrial nest sites
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is exported in large numbers for the international live animal trade from southern Irian Jaya, Indonesia. It is heavily exploited and locally consumed in Papua New Guinea and endangered by habitat loss and degradation in Australia.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Asian Turtle Trade Working Group 2000. Carettochelys insculpta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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