Wattle-necked softshell turtle

Wattle-necked softshell turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Trionychidae
Genus: Palea[2]
Meylan, 1987 [2]
Species: P. steindachneri
Binomial name
Palea steindachneri
(Siebenrock, 1906)[2]
  • Aspidonectes californiana
    Rivers, 1889 (nomen suppressum)
  • Pelodiscus californianus
    Baur, 1893
  • Aspidonectes californiensis
    O.P. Hay, 1904 (ex errore)
  • Trionyx steindachneri
    Siebenrock, 1906
    (nomen conservandum)
  • Amyda steindachneri
    K.P. Schmidt, 1927
  • Palea steindachneri
    Meylan, 1987
  • Trionix steindachneri
    Richard, 1999
  • Pelodiscus steindachneri
    Pritchard, 2001

The wattle-necked softshell turtle (Palea steindachneri) is an endangered species of softshell turtle and the only member of the genus Palea.[2]


The specific name, steindachneri, is in honor of Austrian herpetologist Franz Steindachner.[4]


P. steindachneri is native to southeastern China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Yunnan), Laos, and Vietnam, but has also been introduced to Hawaii and Mauritius.[2]


The species is endangered by poaching for human consumption.[1] Although pressure on the wild population continue, several thousand are hatched and raised each year in turtle farms in China and Vietnam for food and traditional medicine.[5][6]


  1. 1 2 Asian Turtle Trade Working Group 2000. Palea steindachneri. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Rhodin, Anders G.J.; van Dijk, Peter Paul; Inverson, John B.; Shaffer, H. Bradley; Roger, Bour (2011-12-31). "Turtles of the world, 2011 update: Annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution and conservation status". Chelonian Research Monographs. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-22.
  3. Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17.
  4. Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011 The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ( (Palea steindachneri) p. 252).
  5. Dharmananda, Subhuti, Endangered species issues affecting turtles and tortoises in Chinese medicine, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon
  6. "Raising trionychid turtles in Yen Bai", Vietnam in photos, 2013-02-17

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