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Asiatic Softshell Turtles _partially def ined as Trionyx spp

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                                                        Roofed turtles (Kachuga spp.)
                            As a consequence of the breakdown of the Chinese turtle populations, roofed turtles meanwhile
                                     are imported from countries as far away as Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.
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          Species             Countries of Origin           Biological Data            Extent of Trade                           Population Trends
    Kachuga dhongoka         Northern India (Ganges),     21 to 34 eggs/nest, once Meanwhile offered in         Declining populations (Choudhury & Bhutpathy, 1993)
    (1835)                   Nepal                        a year;                  Chinese food markets         in India: “vulnerable” (BCPP, 1997)
    Three-striped roofed     Bangladesh (Brahmaputra)     small populations        (imported by planes);        in Bangladesh: ”few” specimen (Sarker & Hossain, 1997)
    turtle                                                                         National trade in Nepal      IUCN (1996): “near threatened”
    Kachuga kachuga          Northern India (Ganges),     20 to 25 eggs/nest, once Meanwhile offered in         Population decline in India more than 80 % in 20 years
    (1831)                   Bangladesh (Brahmaputra),    a year;                  Chinese food markets         (BCPP, 1997), in India: “vulnerable”
    Red-crowned roofed       Nepal                        incubation period: 80 to (imported by planes);        In Nepal: ”rare” (Shrestha, 1997)
    turtle                                                86 days;                 National trade in Nepal      IUCN (1996): “endangered”
                                                          small populations
    Kachuga smithii          Northern India (Ganges),     Low reproduction rate in Meanwhile offered in         Decreasing populations in Nepal (Ernst et al., 1997)
    (1863)                   Bangladesh (Brahmaputra),    captivity (3 to 11 eggs/ Chinese food markets         In India: “lower risk – least concern”,
    Brown roofed turtle      Pakistan (Indus)             nest, once a year)       (imported by planes)         globally: “data deficient” (BCPP, 1997),
                                                                                                                in Bangladesh: ”few” specimen (Sarker & Hossain, 1997)
    Kachuga sylhetensis      India (Northern Bengal,      No data                    No data                    Population decline in India more than 90 % in 10 years
    (1870)                   Himalaya, Punjab, Assam)                                                           (BCPP, 1997), in India: “critically endangered”,
    Assam roofed turtle                                                                                         in Bangladesh ”occasional”
                                                                                                                IUCN (1996): “data deficient”
    Kachuga tentoria         India (Mahanadi, Godavari,   Low reproduction rate (3   Meanwhile offered in       Population decline in India more than 20 % in 10 years
    (1834)                   Kistna, Ganges, Chambal),    to 12 eggs/nest, once a    Chinese food markets       (BCPP, 1997), in India: “vulnerable”
    Indian tent turtle       Bangladesh (Jamuna),         year)                      (imported by planes)       IUCN (1996): “vulnerable”
                             Nepal
    Kachuga trivittata       Myanmar                      About 25 eggs/nest,        National trade in Myanmar Dramatically decreased populations (van Dijk, 1997)
    (1835)                   (Salween-Irawaddy river      once a year                                          IUCN (1996): “endangered”
    Burmese roofed turtle    system)
                                                                                                                                                              March 1999

				
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