Bhutan Journal of Natural Resources and Development

College of Natural Resources

High elevation record of the Critically Endangered Elongated Tortoise Indotestudo elongata (Blyth, 1853) from Bhutan.


Drukpa, Dorji .;  , kinley.;  Tamang, Damber .S;  , Gyeltshen.;  Dema, Tshering .;  Phuntsho, Yeshi .;  Thapa, Dimple .;  Dorji , Sacha.;  Letro, Letro .;  Dorji, Gyeltshen .;  Wangchuk, Sangay .;  , Wangchuk.;  Tobgay, Sonam .;  Wangyal, Jigme .T; 



We report a record of a threatened tortoise species, Indotestudo elongata, in a cool broad-leaved forest in central Bhutan at high elevation. The tortoise was observed at an elevation of 1910 m asl, which is the highest elevation at which the species is recorded so far. This gives us an inference that this Critically Endangered species is now adapting to cooler regions at higher elevation.


Conservation, Elongated Tortoise, High elevation record, Tsirang Bhutan

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