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1 June 2015 Conservation Status of Freshwater Turtles in Hainan Island, China: Interviews and Field Surveys at Yinggeling Nature Reserve
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Overexploitation has led to the drastic decline of most Asian freshwater turtle populations. We examined the distribution and current status of freshwater turtles using interviews and field surveys in Yinggeling Nature Reserve, Hainan Island. We captured 18 individuals of 4 species in over 8000 trap days. Based on our findings, interviews, and previous studies, illegal turtle harvesting is probably the major cause of population declines; we identified 2 key conservation areas within the reserve for regular patrols to reduce illegal activities.

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Jay Pak-Ho Wan, Bosco Pui-Lok Chan, Chengle Liao, Hongxu Mi, Michael Lau, Fei Li, Hesheng Wang, and Yik-Hei Sung "Conservation Status of Freshwater Turtles in Hainan Island, China: Interviews and Field Surveys at Yinggeling Nature Reserve," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(1), (1 June 2015). https://doi.org/10.2744/1071-8443-14.1.100
Received: 25 May 2014; Accepted: 1 November 2014; Published: 1 June 2015
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