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Thursday, 4 July 2019

New Species – Impressed


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This is the first record of the tortoise in India, taking the count to five and the non-marine chelonian count to 29. Chelonian is an order of reptile that includes turtles, terrapins, and tortoises.


Found- Arunachal Pradesh, India
Unique Feature- ‘The male is smaller than the female which is 30 cm in length’

A tortoise considered beautiful enough to be named ‘impressed’ has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh.



The Story Behind

A team of herpetologists from the Forest Department and two NGOs — Help Earth and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) — found the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) in Yazali area of the Lower Subansiri district in June 2019.

This is the first record of the tortoise in India, taking the count to five and the non-marine chelonian count to 29. Chelonian is an order of reptile that includes turtles, terrapins, and tortoises.

The Asian Forest Tortoise, the largest in mainland Asia, is found only in the northeast, as are 20 of the other 28 species of chelonians.

The male Impressed Tortoise is smaller than the female which is 30 cm in length. This Manouria species is one-third the size of the Asian Forest Tortoise

Source: The Hindu


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