Proceedings of the first Vietnamese national symposium on reptiles and amphibians
Genetic variability of the critically endangered softshell turtle Rafetus swinhoei: (November 13, 2010)
A paper by Le and Pritchard announcing preliminary results on genetic studies of Rafetus swinhoei in Vietnam
Center for Disease Control – US Govt.
Human Trichinosis after Consumption of Soft-Shelled Turtles (Posted December 1, 2009)
A paper by Yi-Chun Lo et al. reporting on the outbreak of human trichinosis in Taiwan from eating soft-shell turtles.
Turtle Survival Alliance – (Posted September 25, 2009)
Myanmar Workshop on Chelonian Conservation
A report on a workshop held in Myanmar in January 2009 focused on developing a species recovery plan for the Burmese roof turtle (Batagur trivittata) and assisting authorities in dealing with confiscated turtles.
New subspecies of the mangrove terrapin, Batagur affinis, described (Posted September 17, 2009)
A new paper in Zootaxa identifies populations of Batagri affinis living on the eastern Malay peninsula, Thailand, and Cambodia as a new subspecies, based on analysis of samples from Cambodian turtles. The subspecies is named Batagur affinis edwardmolli.
Farkas, Balazs and Uwe Fritz, 1998. On the identify of Rafetus swinhoei (Gray, 1873)and Pelochelys maculatus (Heude, 1880).Zoologische Abhandlungen, State Museum fur Tierkunde Dresden, Band 50, No. 5
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Farkas, Balazs and Robert Webb, 2003. Rafetus leloii Ha Dinh Duc, 2000 – An invalid species of softshell turtle from Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam. Zoologische Abhandlungen (Dresden) 53:107-112.
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Farkas, Balazs L., 1992. Wiederentdeckung eines Exemplars von Rafetus swinhoei (Gray, 1873) im Naturhistorischen Museum Wien. Salamandra 28:2 145-152.
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Asiatic Herpetological Research – Posted April 15, 2009
Observations on the influence of seasonality, lunar cycles, and weather conditions of freshwater turtle activity in Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo)
A paper by Jensen and Das published in 2008 resulting from a trapping study at two sites in eastern Sarawak.
Jensen, Karen A. and Indraneil Das, 2008. Observations on the influence of seasonality, lunar cycles, and weather conditions of freshwater turtle activity in Sarawak, East Malaysia (Borneo). Asiatic Herpetological Research, Vol. 11, Pp. 37-42.
ATCN – March 23, 2009
New paper on phylogeography of black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda spengleri)
A paper by Shiping Gong et al., explores the genetic differences between populations of Geoemyda spenglerii within China and northern Vietnam, noting that the species can be divided into three clades; two in China and one in Vietnam.
University of Bengkulu – January 26, 2009 (posted)
Integrating Turtle Conservation in Education of Elementary School Students in Indonesia
A report by Dr. Aceng Ruyani on a new education program focused on conservation of turtles implemented in a middle school in Bengkulu city of southwestern Sumatra, Indonesia.
TRAFFIC – January 9, 2009 (posted)
Illegal trade of Malaysian box turtles in Malaysia
A new TRAFFIC report details an investigation into the illegal trade of Southeast Asian box turtles (Cuora amboinensis) in Malaysia. Scientists estimate at as much as 22,000 box turtles may be exported illegally from Malaysia each year.
Gauhati University – December 7, 2008 (posted)
Soft-shell turtle deaths at sacred temple unexplained (India)
A report by Chittaranjan Baruah of the Department of Zoology of Gauhati University about the unexplained death of at least 13 soft-shell turtles of two species in the lake.
Reptilia - September 2008
Rediscovery and First Breeding of the Yunnan Box Turtle
An article in Reptilia details the first documented captive breeding of the critically endangered Yunnan box turtle.
Chelonian Research Foundation - June 13, 2008
Chelonian Research Monographs: Pelochelys cantorii, Asian giant soft-shell turtle
A new paper by Indraneil Das on the life history and ecology of the giant Asian soft-shell turtle. ATCN library: ATCNetwork@fpt.vn
Chelonian Research Foundation – June 13, 2008
Chelonian Research Monographs: Caretochelys insculpta, the pig-nosed turtle
A new paper by Arthur Georges et al. on the life history and ecology of the Fly River turtle/Pig-nosed Turtle.
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TRAFFIC – Posted June 2, 2008
A report on the freshwater turtles and tortoises pet trade in Jakarta, Indonesia by TRAFFIC.
Released in January and now available in the ATCN Library.
ATCN Posting - May 26, 2008
Diversity of Asian leaf turtles (New paper)
One of two papers recently published on the diversity of Asian leaf turtles (Cyclemys) published by the Norwegian Academy of Science.
ATCN Posting - May 26, 2008
Asian Leaf Turtle Clarified (New Paper)
A new paper in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society clarifies the diversity of Asian leaf turtles (Cyclemys) based on DNA studies.
Magnolia Press – Posted May 2, 2008
Naming one of the world's rarest chelonians, the southern Batagur
A paper published in 2008 splits Batagur baska into two species; Batagur baska historically distributed from Pakistan to Myanmar and Batagur affinis, distributed in the southern Malay peninsula and Sumatra. The taxonomic identification of Batagur in northern Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia remain unclear.
ATCN Note: This paper is available in the ATCN online library with permission from the author.
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences – May 1, 2008 (posted)
The endangered Sulawesi tortoise (Indotestudo forstenii): Behavior, habitat, population in the wild, and harvest level
An interim report to the TCF by Awal Riyanto, Achmad Farajallah, and Jarot Arisona on a study carried out in late 2007 examining the status of the forest turtle of Sulawesi.
ATCN Note: Posted on this website with permission of the author.
Asian Turtle Program - April 8, 2008
The Legend of Hoan Kiem turtle
A translation of the legend of the Hoan Kiem turtle
Contributions to Zoology– October 24, 2007 (posted)
Trade in non-native, CITES-listed, wildlife in Asia, as exemplified by the trade in freshwater turtles and tortoises (Chelonidae) in Thailand
A paper highlighting the trade of non-native tortoise and freshwater turtle species that are listed under CITES in Bangkok’s weekend market.
Turtle Survival Alliance – (Posted August 7, 2007)
A full E-version of the August 2007 TSA newsletter
Asian Turtle Program – April 2007
Assessing the potential of a localized conservation initiative focused on the critically endangered Indochinese box turtle (Cuora bourreti)
The results of a field survey in Song Thanh Nature Reserve carried out by the Asian Turtle Program in preparation for a new project focused on in-situ conservation of Cuora bourreti.
ENV – December 2006
Marine Turtle Survey Indicate Success of Enforcement Efforts
A survey by ENV and WCS of shops in Hanoi selling marine turtle products suggests that government enforcement efforts were successful.
Reptilia No. 41 – 2006
Captive Breeding of Chelonians in Hainan Province, China
An article from Reptilia Magazine on the results of a November 2004 survey of turtle breeding farms in Hainan. Hainan farms are churning out tens of thousands of several native and non-native species to supply markets.
Testudo Vol. 6 No. 3 (2006)
Biological Observations on the Asian Softshell Turtle in Sarawak
A paper by Karen Jensen and Indaneil Das on a study of Amyda cartilaginea in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Perth Zoo – Winter 2006
Turtles in Crisis
An article in the Newspaws, the Perth Zoo newsletter on the Asian turtle crisis featuring some of the efforts of the Turtle Conservation Center at Cuc Phuong National Park.
Baer and Associates – November 2006
Special Report on Vietnam Turtle Diets
The published results of a study examining the captive diet of turtles maintained at the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center in Vietnam. Facilitated by the WCS Wildlife Health Sciences Division and Baer and Associates, LCC.
WCS Myanmar – September 2006
Chindwin River Freshwater Turtle Project progress report,-2006
A report by the WCS Myanmar Turtle Conservation Team on progress of the Chindwin River Kachuga trivittata Conservation Project, September 2005- August 2006.
WCS Indonesia – September, 2006
A Survey to Determine the Conservation Status of Endemic Chelonians in Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia
A report by Steve Platt on the results of surveys carried out in July 2006 focused on Indotestudo forsteni and Leucocephalon yuwonoi in Sulawesi.
August 2006 - Cambodian Turtle Conservation Team
Cambodian Turtle Team works with local communities to increase knowledge and interest in conserving turtles
A report by Sitha Som of the Cambodian Turtle Conservation Team on their August training initiative in several villages within the Cardamom Mountains.
2006 - Conservation Genetics
Recent hybrid origin of three rare Chinese turtles
A recent publication by Stuart and Parham on three suspected hybrid turtles species from China; Ocadia glyphistoma, Ocadia philippeni, and Sacalia pseudocellata.
2006 - Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Ticks: Vectors for Disease Transmission in Turtles? (pdf)
A paper summarizing the findings of a study on host-parasite relationships between ticks and turtles carried out at Cuc Phuong National Park.
April 2006 - Turtle Conservation and Public education program in upper Chindwin River (pdf) A report on efforts to conserve Kachuga trivittata on the Chindwin River in Myanmar in 2005-2006. Report by Win Ko Ko of WCS
February 2006 - Report on the Prek Youn Field Survey in the Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia (pdf)
A report by Sitha Som and the Cambodian Turtle Conservation Team field team on the results of February surveys in the Prek Youn area of the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia.
February 2006 - New report documents trade of Roti Island snake-necked turtle
TRAFFIC has released a new report, “The Trade of the Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle, Chelodina mccordi” by Chris Shepherd and Bonggi Ibarrondo. The report provides an excellent overview of the status and trade of this critically endangered species, endemic Roti Island in Indonesia
February 2006 - Rafetus observation and interview report (pdf)
Interview and Observation Study Focused on Behaviour of the Swinhoei’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
Report By: Nguyen Xuan Thuan, Tim McCormack, Douglas Hendrie
January 2006 - Antioch University of New England
Conservation of Sulawesi endemics, Leucocephalon yuwonoi and Indotestudo forstenii (pdf)
A copy of Ian Ives’ Masters thesis made available to the ATCN with permission from the author.
October 2005 - Conservation Fund - Aukland Zoo Newsletter (pdf)
Project Report - Stoeng Kep River (pdf)
Endemic Species in Sulawesi, Indonesia (pdf)
A photographic documentation of preliminary field research carried out by Ian Ives, M.S. candidate researcher in Sulawesi, February 19-27, 2005.
(Vol. 20 No. 1) (pdf)
Features an article on the harvest and trade of reptiles at U Minh Thuong
National Park, southern Viet Nam as well as an update on the ivory industry
in Thailand, Myanmar and Viet Nam, a full list of CITES amendment proposals
for the forthcoming 13th Meeting of the Parties to CITES, seizures and
prosecutions related to trade in wild animal and plant resources as
well as recent news from the field
Demand Driven: The Trade
of Indian Star Tortoises Geochelone elegans in Peninsular Malaysia (pdf)
Chris R. Shepard, Elizabeth A. Burgess, Maple Loo, a TRAFFIC Southeast
of Turtles and Tortoises from Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam (pdf)
Bryan Stuart and Steve Platt, published in Asiatic Herpetological Research
(Volume 10, pp.129-150)
14, 2004 - Summary
of Research by the Cambodian Turtle Conservation Project Phnom Penh
Report from the BP funded Cambodian Turtle Conservation Project
documenting results and recommendations from a recent field study
carried out in the Areng Valley in the Central Cardamoms Protected
2004 - Differentiating
Male and Female River Terrapin (Batagur baska)
Report by Chris Tabaka, of the Detroit Zoological Institute, looking
in to the different methods that can be utilized to sex Batagur
depending on the age of the specimen in question.
2004 - Turtle
Conservation Fund - Species Recovery Plan for Batagur baska
Presentation given by Dr Hugh Quinn of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
and John Behler of Wildlife Conservation Society on 16 Decmeber
2004 - Conservation
of the endangered Golden Coin Turtle Cuora trifasciata
in Hong Kong - Problems and Solutions (pdf)
Report by Dr. Michael Lau, Senior Conservation Officer at Kadoorie
Farm and Botanic Garden.
2004 - Assurance
Colony for Kachuga trivittata in Yadanabon Zoo, Myanmar
Gerald Kuchling Report documents the status of an assurance colony
of Kachuga trivittata (Roofed Turtle), held in captivity in Yadanabon
Zoo, Myanmar, March 2004.
May 4, 2004
History of the River Terrapin (Batagur baska) in Cambodia
Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Research Program report by
Rohan Holloway, 2003.
2004 - Sang
Poh Temple Site Visit Report (Malaysia) (pdf)
At the Sang Poh Buddhist Temple over 100 turtles, of at least 6
different species species live in its overcrowded pond.
2004 - Report
of The Turtle Conservation Centre in Cuc Phuong (Vietnam)
Report on site activities at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC)
in the Cuc Phuong National Park WCS Field Veterinarian Dr Bonnie
17, 2004 - Commercial
Farming of Palea steindachneri in Hanoi (pdf)
Investigation by Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Doug Hendrie
into the Palea steindachneri farming facility in Hanoi, Vietnam.
December 2003 -
Southeast Asian Turtle Trade Fact Sheet (pdf)
A fact sheet on the Asian Turtle Crisis Produced by WCS