Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Testudines Trionychidae

Scientific Name: Chitra indica
Species Authority: (Gray, 1830)
Common Name(s):
English Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle, Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle
Trionyx indicus Gray, 1830
Taxonomic Notes: Placed by some as a subspecies under C. chitra.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered 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)
Considered Critically Endangered in Bangladesh, uncommon (between Endangered and Vulnerable) in India. Disappeared from Indian domestic trade in 1986-87.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Vulnerable (VU)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Found in the rivers of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and western Malaysia.
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; India; Myanmar; Pakistan
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Spend most of the day submerged in the sandy bottoms of deep rivers. Females lay their eggs on sandy beaches.
Systems: Freshwater

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on CITES Appendix II.

Citation: Asian Turtle Trade Working Group. 2000. Chitra indica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2000: e.T4696A11088615. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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