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The Mission of the
IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG)
is to identify and document threats to the survival of
all species of tortoises and freshwater turtles,
and to help catalyze conservation action
to ensure that none become extinct
and that sustainable populations of all species
persist in the wild.

 

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Tortoises in the Mist
Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Chelonoidis vicina,
on the rim of Volcan Alcedo, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Photo by Peter C.H. Pritchard
 


 

Access the latest updates to our massive
CBFTT Monograph Project:

Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises

Published by Chelonian Research Foundation and Turtle Conservancy

108 separate accounts, 1801 pages total,
  142 species and subspecies covered,
and
8 annotated checklists
(
7 for modern taxa, 1 for recently extinct taxa),
by
211 contributing authors

Latest update published online here on
24 November 2018

 


 



Access the latest update of our
Checklist of Turtles of the World:

Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy,
Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (8th Ed.)

by the
Turtle Taxonomy Working Group
of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

8 annotated checklists currently available
(7 in the CBFTT monograph project)

Latest update published online here on
3 August 2017

 



Access the latest update to our
"Turtles in Trouble" reports on the

World's 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles:

compiled and published by the
IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG)
in collaboration with the
Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF)
and the Turtle Conservation Coalition (TCC)

4 quadrennial Top 25 Lists currently available

Latest update posted online here on
3 March 2018

 


 


 

Behler Turtle Conservation Award
2018 Honoree – Russ Mittermeier

Honoring Excellence, Outstanding Contributions, and Leadership
in the International Chelonian Conservation and Biology Communities

The “Nobel Prize” of Turtle Conservation
 


Russell A. Mittermeier

 

 



Access our

Checklist of Extinct Pleistocene and Holocene Turtles of the World:

Turtles and Tortoises of the World During the Rise and Global Spread of Humanity:
First Checklist and Review of Extinct Pleistocene and Holocene Chelonians

by the
Turtle Extinctions Working Group
[Anders G.J. Rhodin, Scott Thomson, Georgios L. Georgalis, Hans-Volker Karl, Igor G. Danilov, Akio Takahashi,
Marcelo S. de la Fuente, Jason R. Bourque, Massimo Delfino, Roger Bour, John B. Iverson, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Peter Paul van Dijk]
of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

1 annotated checklist currently available

Published online here on
16 April 2015



Access the latest updates to our
TFTSG Turtle Taxonomy Literature Database:

Turtles of the World:
Online Turtle Taxonomic Literature Database and PDF Library

compiled and collected by the
Turtle Taxonomy Working Group
of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group

951 turtle PDF's currently available,

Latest additions posted online here on
10 December 2018

PDF's added in 2013–2018 are marked


 


(Banner photo: Malayan Snail-eating Turtle, Malayemys macrocephala, from Thailand; photo by Peter Paul van Dijk)