Rafetus

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Rafetus
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Rafetus swinhoei in Hanoi, Vietnam
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Trionychinae
Genus: Rafetus
Gray, 1864
Species

Two or three, see text.

Rafetus is a genus of highly endangered softshell turtles in the family Trionychidae. It is a genus of large turtles which are found in freshwater habitats in Asia.

Species[edit]

According to most taxonomists, the genus Rafetus contains the following two species.

A third species, Rafetus leloii , 2000 (synonym R. vietnamensis Le et al., 2010), known commonly as the Hoan Kiem turtle, has been proposed as a species. It is considered a junior synonym of Rafetus swinhoei by most authorities,[1] but some Vietnamese scientists insist the two forms are not identical. The last known individual at Hoan Kiem Lake was found dead on 19 January 2016.

Taxonomy[edit]

Cladogram[edit]

As drawn by Walter G. Joyce, Ariel Revan, Tyler R. Lyson, and Igor G. Danilov (2009)[2]

 Trionychidae 
 Cyclanorbinae 

Cyclanorbis

Cycloderma

Lissemys

 †Plastomeninae 

Hutchemys

Plastomenus

 Trionychinae 

Trionyx

Chitra

Pelochelys

Apalone

Rafetus

Amyda

Aspideretes

Nilssonia

Dogania

Palea

Pelodiscus

Distribution[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farkas B, Webb RG (2003). "Rafetus leloii Hà Dinh Dúc, 2000 — an invalid species of softshell turtle from Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam (Reptilia, Testudines, Trionychidae)". Zool. Abhandl. (Dresden) 53: 107-112.
  2. ^ Joyce, Walter G.; Revan, Ariel; Lyson, Tyler R.; Danilov, Igor G. (2009). "Two New Plastomenine Softshell Turtles from the Paleocene of Montana and Wyoming" (PDF). Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History. 50 (2): 307–325. doi:10.3374/014.050.0202.
  3. ^ European Reptile & Amphibian Specialist Group (1996). "Rafetus euphraticus ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010. International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  4. ^ Buhlmann K, Rhodin A, van Dijk PP (Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Red List Authority) (2000). "Rafetus swinhoei ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010. International Union for Conservation of Nature.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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