Temporal range: Miocene to recent, 15.97–0 Ma
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Lissemys punctata
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Cyclanorbinae
Genus: Lissemys
M. A. Smith, 1931[1][2]

Lissemys is a genus of softshell turtles in the subfamily Cyclanorbinae of the family Trionychidae. The genus is indigenous to southern Asia.


The genus Lissemys contains three extant species which are recognized as being valid.[1]

Several extinct fossil species have been described for this genus, such as Lissemys piramensis Prasad, 1974, from Piram Island, India, but these are largely considered nomen dubia.[3][4] However, the extant Indian flapshell turtle (L. punctata) is known from fossils from as early as the Miocene.[5]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Lissemys.


  1. ^ a b Rhodin et al. 2011, pp. 000.204–000.205
  2. ^ a b Fritz & Havaš 2007, p. 314
  3. ^ "PBDB". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  4. ^ "Fossilworks: Lissemys piramensis". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  5. ^ "Fossilworks: Lissemys punctata". Retrieved 2019-04-26.


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