• A novel herpesvirus of the proposed genus chelonivirus from an asymptomatic bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata)

      Bicknese, Elizabeth; Childress, April L.; Wellehan, James F. X.; (2010)
      A wild-caught Bowsprit tortoise (Chersina angulata) was received into quarantine and appeared clinically normal. Oral swabs for consensus herpesvirus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing were obtained during routine quarantine, and a novel herpesvirus was identified....
    • TSA India Program expanding to include five turtle priority areas: Coverage to include all endemic and endangered Chelonians

      Singh, S.; Horne, Brian D. (2011)
      India is a tortoise and freshwater turtle diversity hotspot, ranking at the top in importance for turtle conservation in Asia. With 28 species, India’s diversity ranks sixth globally and is tied with Colombia and Vietnam....
    • Turtles in trouble: The world's 25+ most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles–2011

      IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group; Turtle Conservation Fund; Turtle Survival Alliance; Turtle Conservancy; Chelonian Research Foundation; Conservation International; Wildlife Conservation Society; San Diego Zoo Global; Rhodin, A.G.J.; Walde, A.D.; et al. (IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, c/o Chelonian Research FoundationLunenburg, MA, 2011)
      As part of a comprehensive strategy to highlight and help prioritize urgently needed conservation action for the most critically endangered turtles and tortoises in the world, the Turtle Conservation Coalition have highlighted the Top 25 most endangered species every four years since 2003. In this third installment, more than 25 species are covered and the information presented was provided by the coalition rather than solely by one or two organizations. In general, this document includes all terrestrial and freshwater turtles and tortoises currently ranked as Extinct in the Wild or Critically Endangered on the current 2010 IUCN Red List, or provisionally so, based on recent draft assessments by the TFTSG (Turtle Taxonomy Working Group 2010) carried out in a series of turtle-focused IUCN Red Listing workshops held around the world. In addition, included on this list are a few species at lesser Red List categories that are also considered to be at a high risk of extinction.