Distribution and current population status of freshwater turtles of District Charsadda of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Safi A Khan MZ      

Abstract

A total of 365 specimens of freshwater turtles belonging of Two Families Viz., Geoemydidae (Crowned river turtle, Hardella thurjii; Brown roofed turtle, Pangshura smithii and Indian roofed turtle; Pangshura tecta) and Family Trionychidae (Indian narrow-headed soft-shell turtle, Chitra indica; Indian soft-shell turtle, Nilssonia gangetica; Indian peacock soft-shell turtle, Nilssonia hurum; and Indian Flap-shell turtle, Lissemys punctata andersonii were identified. Lissemys punctata (30.95%) and Nilssonia gangetica (27.39%) had abundant population status, whereas, Hardella thurjii (1.36%) and Pangshura tecta (3.01%) were rare. Spotted Pond turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii was not recorded during the present study, as this Species had been reported by various researchers in different areas of Pakistan. The current study investigated the distribution and abundance of freshwater turtle Species inhabiting in different water bodies of Charsadda of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Capturing of turtles for export is a major threat to these animals. Fishermen also kill them during fishing. Canal closure, de-silting and destruction of Ecological niches are also harmful to these animals. It is concluded that it is necessary to provide effective and immediate legal protection/Coverage to all turtle species under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife (Protection, Preservation and Management) Act, 1975, Pakistan; otherwise turtle species will become extinct.


MS Received Date:   2014-08-19  MS Accepted Date:  2014-09-09  MS Published Date:  2014-09-13
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Safi A, Khan MZ. "Distribution and current population status of freshwater turtles of District Charsadda of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan" Journal of Zoology Studies 1.4 (2014): 31-38.
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