Intergradation Between Melanochelys trijuga trijuga and M. t. coronata (Testudines: Emydidae: Batagurinae)

Das, Indraneil and Pritchard, Peter C. H. (1990) Intergradation Between Melanochelys trijuga trijuga and M. t. coronata (Testudines: Emydidae: Batagurinae). Asiatic Herpetological Research, 3. pp. 52-53. ISSN 1051-3825

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The Indian Black Turtle or pe amai, Melanochelys trijuga, is one of the most abundant chelonians in the Indian subcontinent, with a distribution extending from Sri Lanka (Deraniyagala 1939), through India and Burma, to western Thailand (Wirot 1979), although apparently excluding Bangladesh (Das, 1989). Nevertheless, details of the distribution of the seven described subspecies remain obscure. The range maps provided by Smith (1931), Das (1985), and Tikader and Sharma (1985) indicate rather clearly allopatric distributions for the Indian subspecies, but the overall range of the species is based on extremely few and widely-separated locality points (except for Sri Lanka and Kerala), as is evident in the map provided by Iverson (1986). Deraniyagala (1939) recognized two subspecies in Sri Lanka, but the geographic separation, if any, between these two forms was not made clear.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reptilia, Testudines, Emydidae, Melanochelys, India, distribution, intergrade, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 06:51
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2019 06:51

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