Nilssonia leithii (Gray, 1872) - Leith's Softshell Turtle

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


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Type Locality Poonah (Maharashtra)
Rare, known to be distributed in Peninsular India (Asian Turtle Trade Working Group, 2000).

Conservation Status:


This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


The turtle species can be seen in fresh water systems, such as rivers, reservoirs and ponds in Peninsular India (Asian Turtle Trade Working Group, 2000). Siltation and drying up of rivers are major reasons, that’s why the species has been disappeared from its previously known ranges (Asian Turtle Trade Working Group, 2000).
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra1
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total1

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Nilssonia leithii (Gray, 1872) – Leith's Softshell Turtle. In Kamdar, A. and K. Kunte. (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. v.1.26. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.indianreptiles.org/nilssonia-leithii, accessed 2024/03/01.