Distribution and Population Status of the Narrow-Headed Softshell Turtle Chitra spp. in Thailand

Authors

  • WACHIRA KITIMASAK Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • KUMTHORN THIRAKHUPT Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
  • SITDHI BOONYARATPALIN Department of Fisheries, Kasetklang, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, THAILAND
  • DON L. MOLL Department of Biology, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri 65804, USA

Keywords:

Trionychidae, Chitra chitra, Chitra vandijki, softshell turtle, distribution, conservation

Abstract

The distribution range and status of Chitra spp. in Thailand were investigated. Chitra chitra Nutphand, 1986 is so far known only from the Mae Klong and Chao Phraya river systems. Another species, Chitra vandijki McCord and Pritchard, 2002, was reported to occur in the Salween river system located along the Thailand-Myanmar border. At present, the status of Chitra spp. is very rare everywhere and the natural population seems to be declining. Conservation and management action in behalf of this Genus is urgently needed.

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Published

2005-05-01

How to Cite

KITIMASAK, W., THIRAKHUPT, K., BOONYARATPALIN, S., & MOLL, D. L. (2005). Distribution and Population Status of the Narrow-Headed Softshell Turtle Chitra spp. in Thailand. Tropical Natural History, 5(1), 31–42. Retrieved from https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tnh/article/view/102891