Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Reptilia > Order: Testudines > Family: Emydidae > Genus: Mauremys > Species: Mauremys caspica

Caspian terrapin - Mauremys caspica (Gmelin, 1774)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 2 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 19 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 1222


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Threat and conservation status

This species has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
BG0000578 Bulgaria Reka Maritsa Map
BG0001007 Bulgaria Strandzha Map
BG0000167 Bulgaria Belasitsa Map
BG0000212 Bulgaria Sakar Map
BG0000217 Bulgaria Zhdreloto na reka Tundzha Map
BG0000434 Bulgaria Banska reka Map
BG0000440 Bulgaria Reka Sokolitsa Map
BG0000513 Bulgaria Voynishki Bakadzhik Map
BG0000198 Bulgaria Sredetska reka Map
BG0000219 Bulgaria Derventski vazvishenia 2 Map
BG0000143 Bulgaria Karaagach Map
BG0001034 Bulgaria Ostar kamak Map
BG0001001 Bulgaria Ropotamo Map
BG0001032 Bulgaria Rodopi - Iztochni Map
BG0000218 Bulgaria Derventski vazvishenia 1 Map
BG0001023 Bulgaria Rupite - Strumeshnitsa Map
ES6130017 Spain Alto Guadiato Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Caspian terrapin English Gasc J.P. and al.
Émyde caspienne French EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Galápago oriental Spanish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Kaspische beekschildpad Dutch EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Kaspische Wasserschildkröte German Gasc J.P. and al.
Kaspische Wasserschildkrötte German EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Kaspisk sumpskildpad Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Stripe-necked Terrapin English EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Testuggine del Caspio Italian EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Synonym Author
Clemmys caspica Wagler, 1830
Testudo caspica Gmelin, 1774
Emys caspica Rüppel, 1831
Emys grayi Günther, 1869

Other resources

Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
NOBANIS: Mauremys caspica European Network on Invasive Alien Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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