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Georges, A., Alacs, E. A., Pauza, M. D., Kinginapi, F., Ona, A., & Eisemberg, C. C. (2008). Freshwater turtles of the kikori drainage, papua new guinea, with special reference to the pig-nosed turtle, carettochelys insculpta. Wildlife Research, 35(7), 700–711. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
BibTeX citation key: Georges2008b
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Keywords: Australien = Australia, Carettochelyidae, Carettochelys, Carettochelys insculpta, Chelidae, Elseya, Elseya novaeguineae, Emydura, Emydura subglobosa, Habitat = habitat, Pelochelys, Pelochelys bibroni, Schildkröten = turtles + tortoises, Trionychidae, Zeitigung = incubation
Creators: Alacs, Eisemberg, Georges, Kinginapi, Ona, Pauza
Collection: Wildlife Research
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Abstract     
A survey of the Kikori River drainage of the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea identified four species of freshwater turtle. The pig-nosed turtle Carettochelys insculpta and the southern New Guinea soft-shelled turtle Pelochelys bibroni are riverine species. The New Guinea spotted turtle Elseya novaeguineae lives primarily in the tidal freshwater creeks and streams, flooded sinkholes and swamps of the lowland rainforest. The New Guinea painted turtle Emydura subglobosa resides almost exclusively in forest sinkholes and swamps. Pelochelys bibroni was the least-common species, and is probably locally endangered. Greatest turtle diversity occurred in the Karst Plains of the Kikori sub-basin, where there is a greater diversity of habitat available to turtles. Lowest diversity occurred in the highlands, where turtles were present in very low density as introduced populations, brought in from the Kikori lowlands, Mount Bosavi and the Western Province by visiting relatives. Linguistic diversity concurred with turtle diversity of the regions in which the languages were spoken. C. insculpta nests both on riverine sand beaches and on coastal beaches, sand spits and isolated sand bars where the Kikori River discharges into the Gulf of Papua. Adult females and eggs of C. insculpta are harvested heavily by local people for local consumption.
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