Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 6:35
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

New Turtles to be Proposed for CITES Listing in November

Allen Salzberg
67-87 Booth St. #5b, Forest Hills, NY 11375 USA

At the upcoming meeting of The Parties To The Convention On International Trade In Endangered Species Of Wild Fauna And Flora (CITES), this November, in Santiago, Chile, freshwater turtles and tortoises for once have the potential to play a very large role in the meeting. The speed, three years, in which the problem with international trade was first introduced for consideration by CITES, to CITES actually acting, is considered a record. This is, probably, partially because of the unfortunate size of the turtle import trade in China, and the quick delivery of the reports on the trade of several of these animals: Pyxis panicauda, Lissemys punctata and three species of Cuora: galbinifrons, flavomarginata and amboinensis.

The number of turtle species and subspecies proposed for listing is the highest (24) since the first CITES meeting. The chances that these proposals will be accepted are also high, since China, the cosponsor of many of the proposals, is home to many of the species and the largest source of problems with the international trade.

    The turtles being considered are:
    Lissemys punctata,
    Orlitia borneensis,
    Pelochelys spp.
    Chitra spp.
    Kachuga spp. (excluding K. tecta already on Appendix I)
    Siebenrockiella crassicollis,
    Mauremys mutica,
    Pyxidea mouhotii,
    Hieremys annandalii,
    Heosemys spp.,
    Platysternon megacephalum,
    Mauremys annamensis,
    Leucocephalon yuwonoi

For PDF copies of the CITES proposals contact the author.