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Black Softshell Turtle IUCN Status

Black Softshell Turtle:

The Assam forest department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and adopted a Vision Document to raise at least 1,000 black softshell turtles by 2030.

About Black Softshell Turtle:

  • Scientific Name: Nilssonia nigricans
  • They look almost the same as the Indian peacock softshell turtle (Nilssonia hurum), which is classified as Endangered in the IUCN Red List.
  • Habitat:
    • A freshwater species and there are 29 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises found in India.
    • They are found in ponds of temples in northeastern India and Bangladesh. Its distribution range also includes the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries.
  • Protection Status:
    • IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered
    • CITES: Appendix I
    • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: No legal protection
  • Threats:
    • Consumption of turtle meat and eggs, silt mining, encroachment of wetlands and change in flooding pattern.