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Taxonomy of the family Trionychidae
Bibliography of the genus Pelochelys
Biodiversity of the family Trionychidae








Genus
Pelochelys

Indomalayan Giant Softshell Turtles, Asian Giant Softshell Turtles

Indomalaiische Weichschildkröten

Indomalayiske Kæmpeblødskildpadder

1864 Pelochelys Gray (type species: Pelochelys cantorii Gray 1864)

Contents: 3 species, of which 2 (66.7%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Distribution: S. Asia, Malay Archipelago.
Reported from: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Zhejiang), India (Kerala, Mizoram, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal), Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatra, Western New Guinea), Laos, Malaysia (Sabah, West Malaysia), Myanmar, Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea), Philippines (Balabac, Luzon, Mindanao), Thailand, Vietnam.

Pelochelys bibroni

Southern Papuan Giant Softshell Turtle, Frog-headed Softshell Turtle, Antipa Turtle, Blunt-headed Giant Softshell Turtle

Südpapuanische Riesen-Weichschildkröte

Sydpapuansk Kæmpeblødskildpadde, (Malayisk Blødskildpadde)

1853 Trionyx bibroni Owen
Pelochelys bibronii Gray 1864

Remarks: Previously included cantorii. Now restricted to southern New Guinea. Older records of bibroni from outside New Guinea refer to cantorii, and from northern New Guinea to signifera.
Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).


Pelochelys cantorii

Asian Giant Softshell Turtle, Frog-faced Giant Softshell Turtle, (Cantor's Frog-faced Giant Softshell Turtle)

Cantors Riesen-Weichschildkröte

Asiatisk Kæmpeblødskildpadde

1864 Pelochelys cantorii Gray
1864 Pelochelys cumingii Gray (Fritz & Havas 2006)
Chitra indica var. cumingi Boettger 1886
1890 Pelochelys poljakowii Strauch (Fritz & Havas 2006)

Remarks: After years in the synonymy of bibroni, cantorii was revalidated by Webb (1995). Present in the past, but not confirmed recently from Singapore (Baker & Lim 2008). Until recently, the only reliable record from the Philippines was from Balabac (Webb 2002), although the presence in this island has not been confirmed recently, however, it has subsequently been found in other islands (Diesmos, Brown, Alcala & Sison 2008). The single known record from Java refer to Chitra chitra javanensis (Iskandar 2004), although this misidentification has been perpetuated in the literature (e.g., Dijk, Iverson, Shaffer, Bour & Rhodin 2012).
Extinct in: China (Anhui), Singapore.
Distribution: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Zhejiang), India (Kerala, Mizoram, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal), Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatra), Laos, Malaysia (Sabah, West Malaysia), Myanmar, Philippines (Balabac, Luzon, Mindanao, Palawan), Thailand, Vietnam.


Pelochelys signifera

Northern Papuan Giant Softshell Turtle, Variegated Giant Softshell Turtle

Nordpapuanische Riesen-Weichschildkröte

Nordpapuansk Kæmpeblødskildpadde

2002 Pelochelys signifera Webb

Distribution: Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).