The holotype of Malayemys khoratensis
Morphological differences in shell characteristics and head colouration patterns of Malayemys khoratensis (orange), Malayemys macrocephala (blue), Malayemys subtrijuga (green).
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Testudines
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Family: Geoemydidae
Genus: Malayemys
Lindholm, 1931[1]
  • Damonia
  • Malayameys

Malayemys is a genus of turtles in the Geoemydidae family. It was considered monotypic until 2004, but as of 2010 consists of two species. It is found in several countries of Southeast Asia.


The genus description is attributed to Lindholm, 1931. Damonia was used by Gray in 1869, but is considered a junior homonym.[1][2] It was considered monotypic until 2004.[3] As of 2016, the genus consists of three species: Malayemys macrocephala, Malayemys subtrijuga and Malayemys khoratensis there is dispute that the name Malayemys isan may be available but does not meet the requirements of the ICZN Code.[1][2][4][5]


Malayemys has a native distribution in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, and was introduced into Java, Indonesia.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 Rhodin 2010, pp. 000.111
  2. 1 2 3 Fritz 2007, pp. 226-227
  3. Brophy, T. R. 2004. Geographic variation and systematics in the south-east Asian turtles of the genus Malayemys (Testudines: Bataguridae). Hamadryad 29:63-79.
  4. Ihlow, F., Vamberger, M., Flecks, M., Hartmann, T., Cota, M., Makchai, S., Meewattana, P., Dawson, J. E., Long Kheng, L., Rödder, D. & Fritz, U. 2016. Integrative Taxonomy of Southeast Asian Snail-Eating Turtles (Geoemydidae: Malayemys) Reveals a New Species and Mitochondrial Introgression. PLoS ONE 11(4):e0153108. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153108.
  5. Montri Sumontha, Timothy R. Brophy, Kirati Kunya, Suthep Wiboonatthapol and Olivier S. G. Pauwels (2016). "A new snail-eating turtle of the genus Malayemys Lindholm, 1931 (Geoemydidae) from Thailand and Laos" (PDF). Taprobanica. The Asian Journal of Biodiversity. 8 (1): 1–9.
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