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Global Freshwater Turtle Species Richness

Global Freshwater Turtle Species Richness

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A total of 263 turtle species in 11 families are primarily associated with freshwater habitats. This map depicts the global distribution of freshwater turtle species, which show some remarkable patterns.

Source

 

based primarily on:

locality data compiled by John Iverson, with additions from published literature sources (particularly the Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises accounts) and from members of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and participants at Red List workshops concerning freshwater turtles.

 

with support provided by: BioFresh project

 

authors

Savrina Carrizo

contact

Anders G. J. Rhodin email

Founding Trustee and Director, Chelonian Research Foundation
Chairman Emeritus, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

Related Publications

  • Buhlmann, K. A., Akre, T. S., Iverson, J. B., Karapatakis, D., Mittermeier, R. A., Georges, A., Rhodin, A. G. J., van Dijk, P. P. & Gibbons, J. W. (2009). A global analysis of tortoise and freshwater turtle distributions with identification of priority conservation areas. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 8(2), 116-149.
  • Iverson, J. B. (1992). A revised checklist with distribution maps of the turtles of the world. Privately Printed, Richmond, Indiana, USA 363pp. ISBN 0-9617431-1-5.
  • Mittermeier, R. A., van Dijk, P. P., Rhodin, A. G., & Nash, S. D. (2015). Turtle hotspots: an analysis of the occurrence of tortoises and freshwater turtles in Biodiversity Hotspots, High-Biodiversity Wilderness Areas, and Turtle Priority Areas. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 14(1), 2-10.
  • TTWG - Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk , P. P., Iverson, J. B., Shaffer, H. B., Bour, R., and Rhodin, A. G. J.]. 2012. Turtles of the world, 2012 update: annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution, and conservation status. In: Rhodin, A. G. J., Pritchard, P. C. H., van Dijk, P. P., Saumure, R. A., Buhlmann, K. A., Iverson, J. B., and Mittermeier, R. A. (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs No. 5, pp. 000.243–000.328, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v5.2012, www.iucn–tftsg.org/cbftt/.

base layer references

Lehner, B. (2012). HydroBASINS v1b technical documentation. Layers and documentation available on www.hydrosheds.org/page/hydrobasins

acknowledgements

We thank the BioFresh Initiative for support for the preparation of freshwater turtle species range maps, and IUCN/SSC for making GIS technology and data available. We also thank the numerous scientists and conservationists who supplied distribution information, in particular John Iverson.

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