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Aryal, P. C., Dhamala, M. K., Bhurtel, B. P., Suwal, M. K., & Rijal, B. , Species accounts and distribution of turtles with notes on exploitation and trade in tarai, nepal. Unpublished paper presented at The First National Youth Conference on Environment (NYCE-I) 3-4 June, 2010. 
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Resource type: Conference Paper
BibTeX citation key: Aryal2010
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Keywords: Geoemydidae, Habitat = habitat, Hardella, Hardella thurjii, Morenia, Morenia petersi, Schildkröten = turtles + tortoises, Südasien = Southern Asia
Creators: Aryal, Bhurtel, Dhamala, Rijal, Suwal
Collection: The First National Youth Conference on Environment (NYCE-I) 3-4 June, 2010
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Abstract: The turtles in Nepal, Tarai had received little attention in terms of conservation and scientific studies. The ambiguity in species occurrence, lack of threat assessments amidst the perceived risks of population declines under thriving exploitation and trade have created gaps to status know how. This study designed with exploratory and explanatory approaches to map the species accounts, distribution status and threats with focus on demographic study of Indian eyed Turtle (Morenia petersi) confirmed occurrence of 16 species; including subspecies. The species on focus is confirmed lost from the only site described for its occurrence. The first live specimen record of Hardella thurjii was made from the location not described earlier. The species distribution is mapped; threats in terms of exploitation and trade presented. Exploitation and trade are ongoing and the threats are even rising; outside protected areas. With unidentified impacts, due to lack of scientific information on populations and habitats, and awareness in local people, turtles are in peril.
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