Pelochelys cantorii Gray, 1864 - Asian Giant Softshell Turtle

Subspecies in India

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


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Type Locality: Malacca (West Malaysia)
Rare, known to be found in coasts of peninsular India, mainly Kerala and Tamil Nadu (Reptile Database).

Conservation Status:

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


The turtle species can be found in coastal drainages (Asian Turtle Trade Working Group, 2000). Direct exploitation and habitat loss of the species are major threats, causing negative impacts to the species (Asian Turtle Trade Working Group, 2000).
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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
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
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Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Pelochelys cantorii Gray, 1864 – Asian Giant 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/pelochelys-cantorii, accessed 2024/06/19.