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Rafetus swinhoei (Swinhoe’s Soft-shelled Turtle; Shanghai softshell turtle; Swinhoe’s Soft-shelled Turtle)


Wikipedia Abstract

The Hoàn Kiếm turtle (Rafetus leloii) was a controversial taxon of turtle from Southeast Asia, found in Hoàn Kiếm Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam. Although some Vietnamese biologists assert that R. leloii is a distinct species from the Yangtze giant softshell turtle Rafetus swinhoei, most authorities classify it as synonymous with the latter species. If the two taxa are to be considered distinct, R. leloii may be considered extinct. There are three living specimens of R. swinhoei remaining in the world.
View Wikipedia Record: Rafetus swinhoei

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Rafetus swinhoei


Top 100 Endangered [1]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Changjiang Plain evergreen forests China Palearctic Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Kharkiv Zoo
Nagyerdei Kultúrpark KHT.
Silver Springs Park


S China, Vietnam ? Terra typica: Shanghai, People's Republic of China.;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Baillie, J.E.M. & Butcher, E. R. (2012) Priceless or Worthless? The world’s most threatened species. Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License