Melanochelys tricarinata (Blyth, 1856) - Tricarinate Hill Turtle

Subspecies in India

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

 

Taxonomic Information

 

Conservation and Special status

 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Melanochelys tricarinata - Tricarinate Hill Turtle


Type Locality: Chaibassa (Bihar)
Uncommon, known to be distributed in Himalayan foothills (from Uttarakhand to Arunachal Pradesh), southern Bihar and western West Bengal in India (Horne et al., 2020).

Conservation Status:

 

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


The species is a near-terrestrial species, inhabits in grasslands, moist deciduous and wet evergreen forests in the mountain foothills (Horne et al., 2020). Habitat destruction, illegal trading for consumption, pet marketing and manufacturing curio masks are listed threats for the species (Horne et al., 2020). 

 

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
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand1
West Bengal
Total1

Other Notes

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Melanochelys tricarinata (Blyth, 1856) – Tricarinate Hill 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/melanochelys-tricarinata, accessed 2024/05/25.