Priority Species List

Species included in this list are Critically Endangered (CR) or proposed as CR (by IUCN Red Listing Workshops).  Listed exceptions include Elusor macrurus (Mary River Turtle) (Endangered), and Terrapene coahuila (Coahuilan Box Turtle) (Endangered).

  • Apalone spinifera atra  (Black Spiny Softshell Turtle, Cuatro Cienegas Softshell Turtle)
  • Astrochelys radiata  (Radiated Tortoise)
  • Astrochelys yniphora  (Ploughshare Tortoise, Angonoka)
  • Batagur affinis  (Southern River Terrapin)
  • Batagur baska  (Northern River Terrapin)
  • Batagur borneoensis  (Painted Terrapin)
  • Batagur kachuga  (Red-crowned Roofed Turtle)
  • Batagur trivittata  (Burmese Roofed Turtle)
  • Chelodina mccordi  (Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle)
  • Chelonoidis (nigra) abingdonii  (Abingdon Island Giant Tortoise)
  • Chelonoidis (nigra) duncanensis  (Duncan Island Giant Tortoise)
  • Chelonoidis (nigra) hoodensis  (Hood Island Giant Tortoise)
  • Chitra chitra  (Asian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle)
  • Chitra indica  (Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle)
  • Chitra vandijki  (Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle)
  • Cuora aurocapitata  (Yellow-headed Box Turtle)
  • Cuora bourreti  (Bourret’s Box Turtle)
  • Cuora glabinifrons  (Indochinese Box Turtle)
  • Cuora mccordi  (McCord’s Box Turtle)
  • Cuora pani  (Pan’s Box Turtle)
  • Cuora picturata  (Southern Vietnam Box Turtle)
  • Cuora trifasciata  (Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle, Golden Coin Turtle)
  • Cuora yunnanensis  (Yunnan Box Turtle)
  • Cuora zhoui  (Zhou’s Box Turtle)
  • Dermatemys mawii  (Central American River Turtle)
  • Elusor macrurus  (Mary River Turtle)
  • Erymnochelys madagascariensis  (Madagascan Big-headed Turtle)
  • Geochelone platynota  (Burmese Star Tortoise)
  • Glyptemys muhlenbergii (Bog Turtle)
  • Gopherus flavomarginatus  (Bolson Tortoise)
  • Heosemys depressa  (Arakan Forest Turtle)
  • Leucocephalon yuwonoi  (Sulawesi Forest Turtle)
  • Mauremys annamensis  (Annam Pond Turtle)
  • Mauremys nigricans  (Red-necked Pond Turtle)
  • Mesoclemmys hogei  (Hoge’s Side-necked Turtle)
  • Nilssonia lethii  (Leith’s Softshell Turtle)
  • Nilssonia nigricans  (Black Softshell Turtle, Bostami Softshell)
  • Pelochelys cantori  (Asian Giant Softshell Turtle, Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle)
  • Podocnemis expansa  (Giant South American River Turtle, Giant Amazon River Turtle, Arrau)
  • Podocnemis lewyana  (Magdalena River Turtle)
  • Psammobates geometricus  (Geometric Tortoise)
  • Pseudemydura umbrina  (Western Swamp Turtle)
  • Pyxis arachnoides  (Spider Tortoise)
  • Pyxis planicauda  (Flat-tailed Tortoise, Flat-shelled Spider Tortoise)
  • Rafetus swinhoei (Red River Giant Softshell Turtle, Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle)
  • Siebenrockiella leytensis  (Philippine Forest Turtle)
  • Sternotherus depressus  (Flattened Musk Turtle)
  • Terrapene coahuila  (Coahuilan Box Turtle)
  • Testudo kleinmanni  (Egyptian Tortoise)

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(Prepared September 2008, revised February 2011)