Siebenrockiella leytensis 

Scope: Global

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Testudines Geoemydidae

Scientific Name: Siebenrockiella leytensis
Species Authority: (Taylor, 1920)
Common Name(s):
English Palawan Forest Turtle, Philippine Pond Turtle
Geoemyda leytensis (Taylor, 1920)
Heosemys leytensis Taylor, 1920
Taxonomic Notes: Appeared in IUCN Red Lists prior to 2007 under the generic names Heosemys and Geoemyda.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2cd ver 2.3
Year Published: 2016
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)
Known from three specimens reported in 1921 allegedly collected in Leyte, and a single animal found in 1988 in northern Palawan. Upgraded from Endangered to Critically Endangered based on the fact that no further animals have been found despite intensive specific searches of both regions.
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Geographic Range [top]

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Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Known from only 4 specimens this species has acquired a mythical reputation that will make any further animals extremely valuable in the pet trade. There are no data to estimate its extent of occurrence, but it is presumed to be either extremely rare or restricted to one or very few small localities.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Asian Turtle Trade Working Group. 2016. Siebenrockiella leytensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T39599A97378088. . Downloaded on 26 October 2016.
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