- Wildlife experts have discovered the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) in near Yazali of Lower Subansari district in Arunachal Pradesh.
- The new species of tortoise are elusive and have never been previously sighted in India.
- They are considered to be restricted to western Myanmar, pockets of habitat in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and southern China, and Peninsular Malaysia.
- The Impressed Tortoise is, medium-sized species and has a spine which bent upwards and beautifully serrated.
- It inhabits moist, primary forests of hilly tracts. It is impressive in colour and shape and hence called Impressed Tortoise.
- Impressed tortoise is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List.
- The discovery of impressed tortoise has increased the total number to 29 species of non-marine chelonians and five tortoises in India. Chelonian is an order of reptile that includes turtles, terrapins and tortoises. Tortoises differ from turtles on account of being terrestrial animals.
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