Manouria emys (Schlegel & Müller, 1840) - Asian Giant Tortoise

Subspecies in India

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

 

Taxonomic Information

 

Conservation and Special status

 

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Manouria emys - Asian Giant Tortoise


Type Locality: Arakan (Tenasserim, Myanmar)
Rare, known to be distributed in north-eastern states in India (Choudhury et al., 2019).

Conservation Status:

 

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


The tortoise species inhabits in evergreen forests, from low to moderate elevated lands (Choudhury et al., 2019). In India, a decline in its population has been studied, which can be reasoned by killing for meat consumption, pet trading and habitat shrinkage due to anthropogenic pressures (Choudhury et al., 2019).

 

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
Maharashtra
Manipur1
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total1

Other Notes

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Manouria emys (Schlegel & Müller, 1840) – Asian Giant Tortoise. 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/manouria-emys, accessed 2024/05/19.