Melanochelys trijuga (Schweigger 1812) –Indian Black Turtle

Das, Indraneil and Bupathy, S. (2009) Melanochelys trijuga (Schweigger 1812) –Indian Black Turtle. In: Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises. Chelonian Research Monographs, No.5 . Chelonian Research Foundation, pp. 1-9. ISBN 1088-7105

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The Indian black turtle, Melanochelys trijuga (Family Geoemydidae), is a medium-sized (carapace length to 38.3 cm), mainly still-water species from northern, northeastern, and peninsular India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, and possibly Pakistan. Six subspecies are currently recognized. The turtle has been introduced to some of the islands of the western Indian Ocean by seafarers. Omnivorous in dietary habits, the species takes aquatic plants in addition to invertebrates and carrion. Two to 16 elongated, brittle-shelled eggs are laid, with eggs and hatchlings showing considerable size variation. The species, although in no immediate danger in India, is exploited in unknown numbers for food, and population declines have been reported from Sri Lanka.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Melanochelys trijuga (Family Geoemydidae), Indian Black Turtle, species, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 06:57
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 06:57

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