Ecology and Conservation Status of the Arakan Forest Turtle, Heosemys depressa, in Western Myanmar

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Ecology and Conservation Status of the Arakan Forest Turtle, Heosemys depressain Western Myanmar

STEVEN G. PLATT, WIN KO KO,

KALYAR, MYO MYO, LAY LAY KHAING,

AND THOMAS R. RAINWATER

The Arakan forest turtle (Heosemys depressa) is endemic to Myanmar and is regarded as one of the world’s least known chelonians (Ernst and Barbour, 1989; van Dijk, 1993). From 1875, when the species was first described, to 1908 only 5 H. depressa were collected, all from Rakhine (formerly known as “Arakan”) State, Myanmar (Iverson and McCord, 1997). These presumably originated from the Arakan Yoma Hills, although specific locality data are lacking (Iverson and McCord, 1997). More recently, at least 18 additional H. depressa were obtained from turtle markets in Yunnan Province, China (Iverson and McCord, 1997;P.C.H. Pritchard, in litt.). Given the extensive trans-borderturtle trade in this region (Kuchling, 1995; Platt et al., 2000),these specimens were most likely imported from Myanmar rather than collected locally (Iverson and McCord, 1997; P.C.H. Pritchard, in litt.)……

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