Nilssonia gangetica


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nilssonia gangetica
Species Authority: (Cuvier, 1825)
Common Name(s):
English Indian Softshell Turtle
Aspideretes gangeticus (Cuvier, 1825)
Trionyx gangeticus Cuvier, 1825
Trionyx gangeticus subspecies mahanaddicus Annandale, 1912

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A1d+2d 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)
Considered Endangered in Bangladesh and Vulnerable in India, its main range state. Traded in East Asian markets at volumes of 30–40 tons per week.

Geographic Range [top]

Bangladesh; India; Pakistan
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is traded in East Asian markets at volumes of 30–40 tons/week.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix I.

Bibliography [top]

Hilton-Taylor, C. 2000. 2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and Asian Turtle Trade Working Group. 2000. Changes to 1996 IUCN Red List Status of Asian Turtle Species. In: P.P. van Dijk, B.L. Stuart and A.G.J. Rhodin (eds). Asian Turtle Trade: Proceedings of a Workshop on Conservation and Trade of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises in Asia, pp.156-164. Chelonian Research Monographs 2. Chelonian Research Foundation, Lunenburg, Massachusetts, USA.

Citation: Asian Turtle Trade Working Group 2000. Nilssonia gangetica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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