Conservation Status of Freshwater Turtles in Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary and Vicinity,Myanmar

By John Thorbjarnarson,Steven G. Platt and Saw Tun Khaing


We conducted a status survey of freshwater turtles in the southem Ayeyarwady Delta,

Myanmar,f rom 15 January to 1F ebruary 1999. The endemic Burmese eyed-turtle (Morenia

ocellata) was the only species we found. Morenia ocellata are harvested in the delta for local

use and export to markets in southem China,a nd perceptions of abundance vary. Estuarine

terrapins (Batagur baska and Kachuga trivittata) were formerly  reported to nest on beaches at

the mouth of the Ayeyarwady and Bogale Rivers; however,we found no evidence to suggest

the continued survival of extant populations. Descriptions of at least two additional species

were obtained during interviews,but we were unable to secure specimens for identification.

Extensive research on the chelonian fauna of the entire delta region is warranted.

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