Turtle Conservation Fund-Priority Species List
Several New Species Recently Added To The List-Also See Underlined Section

Species included in this list are Critically Endangered (CR) or proposed as CR (by IUCN Red Listing Workshops). Listed exceptions include Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Chaco Side-necked Turtle), Chitra indica (Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle), Elusor macrurus (Mary River Turtle), Centrochelys sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise), Kinosternon angustipons (Narrow-bridged Mud Turtle), Terrapene coahuila (Coahuilan Box Turtle), and Terrapene (carolina) yucatana (Yucatan Box Turtle).


In addition, the Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) recognizes that the conservation status of many turtle species, particularly those inhabiting Sub-Saharan Africa, is poorly known, and will consider applications for projects to improve our understanding of the survival prospects of these species, particularly Homopus solus (Nama Padloper), Kinixys erosa (Serrated Hinge-back tortoise), and Pelusios broadleyi (Turkana Mud Turtle) during the 2014 funding cycles. Such projects should clearly describe why a particular species or region might warrant priority funding from the TCF.

Dermatemydidae
1. Dermatemys mawii (Central American River Turtle) – Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

Kinosternidae
2. Kinosternon angustipons (Narrrow-bridged Mud Turtle) – Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama
3. Sternotherus depressus (Flattened Musk Turtle) – USA

Emydidae
4. Glyptemys muhlenbergii (Bog Turtle) – USA
5. Terrapene coahuila (Coahuilan Box Turtle) – Mexico
6. Terrapene (carolina) yucatana (Yucatan Box Turtle) – Mexico

Geoemydidae
7. Batagur affinis (Southern River Terrapin) – Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
8. Batagur baska (Northern River Terrapin) – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar
9. Batagur borneoensis (Painted Terrapin) – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
10. Batagur kachuga (Red-crowned Roofed Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal
11. Batagur trivittata (Burmese Roofed Turtle) – Myanmar
12. Cuora aurocapitata (Yellow-headed Box Turtle) – China
13. Cuora bourreti (Bourret’s Box Turtle) – Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
14. Cuora flavomarginata(Yellow-margined Box Turtle) – China, Japan, Taiwan
15. Cuora galbinifrons (Indochinese Box Turtle) – China, Laos, Vietnam
16. Cuora mccordi (McCord’s Box Turtle) – China
17. Cuora mouhotii (Keeled Box Turtle) – China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
18. Cuora pani (Pan’s Box Turtle) – China
19. Cuora picturata (Southern Vietnam Box Turtle) – Vietnam
20. Cuora trifasciata (Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle, Golden Coin Turtle) – China, Hong Kong, Laos, Vietnam
21. Cuora yunnanensis (Yunnan Box Turtle) – China
22. Cuora zhoui (Zhou’s Box Turtle) – China, Vietnam
23. Heosemys annandalii (Yellow-headed Temple Turtle) – Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
24. Heosemys depressa (Arakan Forest Turtle) – Myanmar
25. Leucocephalon yuwonoi (Sulawesi Forest Turtle) – Indonesia
26. Mauremys annamensis (Annam Pond Turtle) – Vietnam
27. Mauremys mutica (Yellow Pond Turtle) – China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam
28. Mauremys nigricans (Red-necked Pond Turtle) – China, Vietnam
29. Orlitia borneensis (Malaysian Giant Turtle) – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia
30. Sacalia bealei (Beal’s Eyed Turtle) – China, Hong Kong
31. Siebenrockiella leytensis (Philippine Forest Turtle) – Philippines

Platysternidae
32. Platysternon megacephalum (Big-headed Turtle) – Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

Testudinidae
33. Astrochelys radiata (Radiated Tortoise) – Madagascar
34. Astrochelys yniphora (Ploughshare Tortoise, Angonoka) – Madagascar
35. Centrochelys sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise – only in-situ projects eligible) – Benin, Burkina Faso, CAR, Chad, Eritera, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan
36. Geochelone platynota (Burmese Star Tortoise) – Myanmar Gopherus flavomarginatus (Bolson Tortoise) – Mexico
37. Gopherus flavomarginatus (Bolson Tortoise) – Mexico
38. Kinixys homeana (Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise) – Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Zaire
39. Malacochersus tornieri (Pancake Tortoise) – Kenya, Tanzania
40. Manouria emys (Asian Giant Tortoise) – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand
41. Psammobates geometricus (Geometric Tortoise) – South Africa
42. Pyxis arachnoides (Spider Tortoise) – Madagascar
43. Pyxis planicauda (Flat-tailed Tortoise, Flat-shelled Spider Tortoise) – Madagascar
44. Testudo kleinmanni (Egyptian Tortoise) – Egypt, Israel, Libya

Trionychidae
45. Apalone spinifera atra (Black Spiny Softshell Turtle, Cuatro Cienegas Softshell Turtle) - Mexico
46. Chitra chitra (Asian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
47. Chitra indica (Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan
48. Chitra vandijki (Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Myanmar, Thailand
49. Cyclanorbis elegans (Nubian Flapshell Turtle) – Chad, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo
50. Nilssonia formosa (Burmese Peacock Softshell Turtle) – China, Myanmar,
51. Nilssonia leithii (Leith’s Softshell Turtle) – India
52. Nilssonia nigricans (Black Softshell Turtle, Bostami Softshell) – Bangladesh, India
53. Pelochelys cantori (Asian Giant Softshell Turtle, Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle) – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
54. Rafetus swinhoei (Red River Giant Softshell Turtle, Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle) – China, Vietnam

Chelidae
55. Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Chaco Side-necked Turtle) – Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay
56. Chelodina mccordi (Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle) – Indonesia, Timor-Leste
57. Elusor macrurus (Mary River Turtle) – Australia
58. Mesoclemmys hogei (Hoge’s Side-necked Turtle) – Brazil
59. Pseudemydura umbrina (Western Swamp Turtle) – Australia

Podocnemididae
60. Erymnochelys madagascariensis (Madagascan Big-headed Turtle) – Madagascar
61. Podocnemis expansa (Giant South American River Turtle, Giant Amazon River Turtle, Arrau) – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela
62. Podocnemis lewyana (Magdalena River Turtle) – Colombia

The TCF is aware that Gopherus agassizii (Mojave Desert Tortoise - USA) is proposed for an assessment as Critically Endangered; however, the TCF is unlikely to fund applications for Desert Tortoise work, and recommends that prospective applicants for projects concerning this species check into grants available from the Desert Tortoise Council [http://deserttortoise.org] and other sources.
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