Southern River Terrapin Batagur affinis

Southern River Terrapin Batagur affinis

Southern River Terrapin Batagur affinis

Critically Endangered

Extant (resident): Cambodia; Indonesia (Sumatera); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Thailand

Extinct: Singapore

Presence Uncertain: Vietnam

The Southern River Terrapin inhabits estuaries, mangrove creeks, lower river sections, and coastal lagoons, generally in areas influenced by the tide, but may also occur substantial distances upriver (e.g. Perak). Habitat alteration and destruction have become increasingly significant factors leading to the decline of river terrapins in many areas of Asia along with wild game hunting and poaching.

Southern River Terrapins are critically endangered on @IUCNredlist due to #palmoil #deforestation and other human threats. They live in rivers in #Indonesia #Malaysia. Support them with your #artivism and #Boycott4Wildlife

Sand mining and dams are among the worst threats. Other important indirect factors include deforestation and siltation of rivers.

IUCN Red List

Further Information


Horne, B.D., Chan, E.H., Platt, S.G. & Moll, E.O. 2019. Batagur affinis (errata version published in 2019). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T170501A152041284. Downloaded on 25 January 2021.

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