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Taxonomy of the family Geoemydidae
Bibliography of the genus Geoemyda
Biodiversity of the family Geoemydidae


Black-breasted Leaf Turtles


Sortbrystede Bladskildpadder

1834 Geoemyda Gray (type species: Testudo spengleri Gmelin 1789)
1856 Nicoria Gray (type species: Testudo spengleri Gmelin 1789; syn. Fritz & Havas 2006)

Contents: 2 species, of which 1 (50.0%) is endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included the genera Heosemys and Rhinoclemmys. The relationships of Geoemyda and Heosemys has been discussed by Lorenz (1984) and Moll, Groombridge & Vijaya (1987).
Distribution: E. Asia.
Reported from: China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi), Japan (Ryukyu Islands: Okinawa Islands), Laos, Vietnam.

Geoemyda japonica

Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle, Okinawa Black-breasted Leaf Turtle



1931 Geoemyda spengleri japonica Fan
Geoemyda japonica Yasukawa, Ota & Hikida 1992

Distribution: Japan (Ryukyu Islands: Okinawa Islands).

Geoemyda spengleri

Common Black-breasted Leaf Turtle, Black-breasted Hill Turtle

Chinesische Zacken-Erdschildkröte

Kinesisk Bladskildpadde

1789 Testudo spengleri Gmelin
Emys spengleri Schweigger 1812
Geoemyda spengleri Gray 1834
Clemmys spengleri Fitzinger 1835
Nicoria spengleri Gray 1856
1804 Testudo tricarinata Bory [not Testudo tricarinata Retzius 1792] (Fritz & Havas 2006)
1931 Geoemyda spengleri sinensis Fan (Fritz & Havas 2006)

Remarks: Previously included japonica. Japanese records refer to japonica. Erroneously reported from Indonesia and the Philippines.
Introduced to: Taiwan.
Distribution: China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi), Laos, Vietnam.

Geoemyda spengleri
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