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Das, I. (2008). Pelochelys cantorii gray 1864 – asian giant softshell turtle. In A. G. J. Rhodin, P. P. van Dijk, R. A. Saumure, K. A. Buhlmann & J. B. Iverson (Eds.), Vol. 5IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. 
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Keywords: Habitat = habitat, Pelochelys, Pelochelys bibroni, Pelochelys cantorii, Pelochelys signifera, Schildkröten = turtles + tortoises, Südostasien = South East Asia, Trionychidae
Creators: , Buhlmann, Das, van Dijk, Iverson, Rhodin, Saumure
Publisher: IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
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Abstract     
Summary. — The Asian giant softshell turtle, Pelochelys cantorii (Family Trionychidae), is a large freshwater species which can reach 60–100 cm in total carapace length. It occurs in a variety of habitats, including lakes, rivers, estuaries, seacoasts, and occasionally in coastal marine waters. The species is widespread, occurring from peninsular India to China and Southeast Asia. The taxonomy of the genus Pelochelys has recently been revised, and P. bibroni is now considered to be restricted to southern New Guinea, P. signifera in northern New Guinea, and P. cantorii is now the valid name for the species known from the rest of the range of the genus. However, further study may identify other species within this enormous territory, especially from the Philippines. Aquatic organisms are consumed, including fish, crustaceans and molluscs, in addition to plant matter. Clutch size is 24 to 70 eggs. Nesting sites include riverbanks as well as seacoasts. Exploitation of its flesh for food, suspected killing by anglers and fishermen after getting entangled in fishing gear, and destruction of riverine and coastal habitats are factors in its depletion. Distribution. – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam. Distributed along the coasts of southern and eastern Asia from southwestern India to southeastern China, and including the Philippines and Indonesia to Sumatra and Borneo. Synonymy. – Pelochelys cantorii Gray 1864, Pelochelys cantoris, Pelochelys cumingii Gray 1864, Pelochelys poljakowii Strauch 1890. Subspecies. – None recognized. Animals from the Philippines may be distinct.
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