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1 December 2014 First Record of the Spiny Turtle (Heosemys spinosa) in Myanmar
Kalyar Platt, Steven G. Platt, Thomas R. Rainwater
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We report the first specimen-based records of Heosemys spinosa (Gray 1830) from Myanmar, validating earlier assumptions of its occurrence within the country. Our records consist of 5 living H. spinosa examined at Kan Baw Gyi Village in Tanintharyi Region of southern Myanmar. These specimens originated from seasonally inundated lowland riparian wetlands near the village where we examined them. Potential threats to H. spinosa in southern Myanmar include subsistence and commercial harvesting and, most importantly, the widespread conversion of natural forests to oil palm plantations.

© 2014 Chelonian Research Foundation
Kalyar Platt, Steven G. Platt, and Thomas R. Rainwater "First Record of the Spiny Turtle (Heosemys spinosa) in Myanmar," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 13(2), 257-260, (1 December 2014).
Received: 23 September 2013; Accepted: 1 December 2013; Published: 1 December 2014
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