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ⓘ Spotted softshell turtle




                                     

ⓘ Spotted softshell turtle

The spotted softshell turtle is a species of turtle in the family Trionychidae. It is found in Indochina, where it is largely restricted to most of Vietnam, however, an isolated population is also known from Hainan Island, where it is sympatric with the related lesser Chinese softshell turtle. Aside from genetic differences, this species can be most readily distinguished from other Pelodiscus by the large blotches on its plastron, which also gave it its name. Due to its restricted geographic range and the heavy level of exploitation it receives, it has been proposed that this species be classified as Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red List.