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Reptilia > Testudines > Cryptodira > Testudinoidea > Geomydidae > Geoemydinae > Melanochelys

Melanochelys tricarinata (Blyth, 1856) – Tricarinate Hill Turtle

Taxonomic Notes:

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


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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). 
References:

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Jangid, A.K. and A. Kamdar. 2020. Melanochelys tricarinata (Blyth, 1856) – Tricarinate Hill Turtle. Khandekar, A., P. Roy, and K. Kunte (eds.). Reptiles of India, v. 1.25. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.indianreptiles.org/sp/38/Melanochelys-tricarinata
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