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Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle

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Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Geoemyda
G. japonica
Binomial name
Geoemyda japonica
Fan, 1931
  • Geoemyda spengleri japonica Fan, 1931
  • Geoemyda japonica Yasukawa, Ota & Hikida, 1992
  • Geoemyda japonicus Joseph-Ouni, 2004

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 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.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: unflagged free DOI (link)
  2. 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. 5 (5). Chelonian Research Foundation: 002.1–6. doi:10.3854/crm.5.002.japonica.v1.2008. ISSN 1088-7105. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
  3. 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.

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