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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