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In Arunachal Pradesh ‘Impressive’ tortoise discovered

In Arunachal Pradesh a tortoise considered beautiful enough to be named ‘impressed’ has been discovered. In Yazali area of the Lower Subansiri district a few days ago a team of herpetologists from the Forest Department and two NGOs-Help Earth & Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA)-found the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa).

In India this is the first record of the tortoise, increasing the count to five and the non-marine chelonian count to 29. An order of reptile that includes turtles, terrapins and tortoises is Chelonian. Experts say that the male is smaller than the female which is 30 cm in length.

Guwahati-based Jayaditya Purkayastha of Help Earth told that “India was known to be the home of only the Asian Forest Tortoise (Manouria emys) until the discovery of the Impressed Tortoise.”

The largest in mainland Asia which is the Asian Forest Tortoise is found only in the northeast. Dr Purkayastha said that “The male Impressed Tortoise is smaller than the female which is 30 cm in length. One-third the size of the Asian Forest Tortoise is this Manouria species.”

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