Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle
|Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle|
The Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle or Ryukyu leaf turtle, Geoemyda japonica, is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae (formerly Bataguridae) endemic to the Ryukyu Islands in Japan. In 1975, the species was designated a National Natural Monument of Japan. It grows to about 5–6 inches long. In captivity, it feeds on worms, snails, insects, and fruit. Due to its rarity and very attractive appearance, this species is highly sought-after by turtle collectors worldwide.[source?]
At first it was considered a subspecies of Geoemyda spengleri, and named Geoemyda spengleri japonica. It was redescribed as a separate species and given its current binomial name in 1992.
Hybrids between different genera of Geoemydidae are rather commonplace. This species is known to hybridize with Cuora flavomarginata males in captivity and in the wild.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 222. doi:10.3897/vz.57.e30895. ISSN 1864-5755. S2CID 87809001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Yasukawa, Yuichirou; Ota, Hidetoshi (2008-05-15). "Geoemyda Japonica Fan 1931 – Ryukyu Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle, Okinawa Black-Breasted Leaf Turtle" (PDF). Chelonian Research Monographs. Chelonian Research Foundation. 5 (5): 002.1–6. doi:10.3854/crm.5.002.japonica.v1.2008. ISSN 1088-7105. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
- ↑ Buskirk et al. (2005).
Introductione[change | change source]
Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle is an endemic species of turtle in Japan.
Appearance[change | change source]
It grows to about 15.6 cm. It has black and yellow in stomach.
Living areas[change | change source]
It lives in North Okinawa, Kubejima and Tokasikijima. It does not herdine but it spends at the cave and around the cave during winter.
Food and water[change | change source]
It eats leaf, fruit and insect. It is eaten by Ryukyu born.
Repruduction[change | change source]
It borns two babies at once from June and September. Baby is about 3.5 cm.
Threats[change | change source]
It's threats are habitat loss by the development.
Relationship with humans[change | change source]
We cannot export it in Japan. This species is endangered and is protected.
- Asian Turtle Trade Working Group (2000). "Geoemyda japonica". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2000: e.T9042A97362115. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2000.RLTS.T9042A12952738.en. Retrieved 9 January 2018. Listed as Endangered (EN A1ce, B1+2c)
- Buskirk, James R.; Parham, James F. & Feldman, Chris R. (2005): On the hybridisation between two distantly related Asian turtles (Testudines: Sacalia × Mauremys). Salamandra 41: 21-26. PDF fulltext[permanent dead link]
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