Ringed Map Turtle - Graptemys oculifera

Ringed_Map_Turtle

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.


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Subspecies:  No subspecies recognized.

Description: 

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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Known only from the Pearl and Bogue Chitto Rivers in the extreme eastern Florida Parishes of Washington and St. Tammany.

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Natural History: 

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Global Conservation Status:  Ringed Map Turtles are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G2 (Imperiled).

Federal Conservation Status:  The Ringed Map Turtle is a federally threatened species.

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Ringed Map Turtles have a ranking of S2 (imperiled because of rarity – 6-20 known extant populations). Ringed Map Turtles have a State Protection Status of ‘threatened’, meaning taking or harassment of this species is a violation of state and federal laws.

*** If you live in the range of this species in Louisiana and believe you may have observed this species please let me know (take a picture if possible), as there may be more unknown populations in the state.***

Author's Remarks: I have never observed this species in the wild, but I was able to photograph the individual pictured after it was captured on the Pearl River by a colleague.

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