Fly River Turtle
Fly River Turtle occurs in the rivers of southern New Guinea (both Indonesian Papua and Papua New Guinea) and northern Australia. The numbers are decreasing rapidly. The species is subject to exploitation levels that appear unsustainable, particularly in New Guinea. Adults and their eggs are exploited for both food and international trade.
■ Included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 1982, listed as Endangered (EN) since 2017.
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Reptilia – reptiles
■ Order Testudines – turtles
■ Family Carettochelyidae – pig-nosed turtles
■ Species Carettochelys insculpta – Fly River Turtle, or Pig-nosed Turtle