Previously unrecorded invasive species and the unsatisfying knowledge of turtle communities in Northern Vietnam : a detailed questionnaire survey conducted with 112 individuals from fishing communities in northern Vietnam was used to investigate the current status of Southeast Asian turtles. This study provides new information on previously unrecorded invasive species and highlights the lack of knowledge about turtle communities in Vietnam.
By Charlotte Ducotterd, Olivier Le Duc, Thong Van Pham, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bordes, Thinh Ly Nghiem, Phuong Ho Thu, An Thanh Le, Bao Quang Tran, Vinh Quang Luu and Luca Luiselli
Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 2021
Characteristics of a snake community in the hilly forest of Quan son District, northern Vietnam : this study, carried out simultaneously with an assessment of turtle populations, provides data on snake communities in Asian tropical forests that are relatively unknown. We investigated species composition, relative abundance, and community ecology of snakes in a mature secondary hilly forest area in northern Vietnam.
By Olivier Le Duc, Thong Van Pham, Cedric Bordes, Benjamin Leprince, Charlotte Ducotterd, Tomas Zuklin, Luu Quang Vinh, Lo Van Oanh, Julia Elizabeth Fa and Luca Luiselli
Female wanted for the world’s rarest turtle: prioritizing areas where Rafetus swinhoei may persist in the wild : in this study, we present the results of interview surveys with fishermen on two river systems in Viet Nam. We categorize sites based on the likelihood that R. swinhoei is present and recommend further research action.
By Thong Van Pham, Olivier Le Duc, Cedric Bordes, Benjamin Leprince, Charlotte Ducotterd, Tomas Zuklin, Vinh Luu Quang, Duc Ha Dinh and Luca Luiselli
Russian Journal of Herpetology, 2021
The “empty forest syndrome” and the herpetofaunal communities in Laos (south-eastern Asia) : In this study, we present the results of surveys conducted in two distinct regions of Laos through a suite of different field methodologies.
By Tomas Zuklin, Nathanael Maury, Saly Sitthivong, Thong Van Pham, Olivier Le Duc, Cedric Bordes, Benjamin Leprince, Charlotte Ducotterd, Lo Van Oanh, Phimphasone Vilay, Vinh Quang Luu and Luca Luiselli
Biodiversity and Conservation, 2020
Unexpected high forest turtle diversity in hill forests in northern Vietnam : we investigated the turtle fauna and their distribution in hilly forests in northern Vietnam during two consecutive periods. We used a combination of (1) field surveys; (2) hunter interviews; (3) examination of hunter quarry, and (4) monitoring of hunting activity. We performed field surveys in bamboo and hilly secondary forests (500–1350 m), applied 103 hunter interviews, and examined the same number of hunter bags. We found a total of 124 different individuals of as many as 9 turtle species. We suggest that field surveys should be conducted as soon as possible to confirm whether these turtles are as seriously threatened as presently considered by the IUCN. Par Pham Van Thong, Olivier Le Duc, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bodres, Tomas Zuklin, Charlotte Ducotterd, Quang Lu Vinh, Lo Van Oanh, Nguyen Tam Anh, John E. Fa, Luca Luiselli
Journal for Nature Conservation 55, 2020
A new locality of presence for the world’s rarest turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) gives new hope for its survival: this study brings exciting new discoveries in Vietnam about the historical presence of R. swinhoei in Vietnam as well as the potential new locality of presence in the wild. We hope these research results will help to accelerate scientific endeavors in order to save Rafetus from extinction. By Olivier Le Duc, Thong Pham Van, Tomas Zuklin, Cedric Bordes, Benjamin Leprince, Charlotte Ducotterd, Vinh Luu Quang, Luca Luiselli
Russian Journal of Herpetology 27(3), August 2020
Farming characteristics and the ecology of Palea steindachneri (trionychidae) in Vietnam : Here we study, through structured questionnaires with 73 owners of turtle farms, the social and economic contexts of the business activity of breeding turtles in farms for food market. We also collected ecological data for the most intensely bred species, the Wattle-necked softshell turtle, Palea steindachneri. By Olivier Le Duc, Thong Pham Van, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bordes, Vinh Luu Quang, Oanh Lo Van, Anh Nguyen Thi Tam, Linh Luong Thi Khanh, Son Pham Ngoc, Luca Luiselli
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 2020
Fishers, dams, and the potential survival of the world’s rarest turtle, Rafetus swinhoei, in two river basins in northern Vietnam: a detailed questionnaire survey conducted with more than 100 individuals from fishing communities in northern Vietnam was used to investigate the current status of Southeast Asian turtles and provides new hope concerning the survival of Rafetus swinhoei. By Olivier Le Duc, Thong Pham Van, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bordes, Anh Nguyen Tuan, John Sebit Benansio, Nic Pacini, Vinh Quang Luu, Luca Luiselli
Aquatic Conservation nov. 2019
Hunters’ structured questionnaires enhance ecological knowledge and provide circumstantial survival evidence for the world’s rarest turtle : the aim of this study is to enhance the knowledge of the biology and conservation of the rarest turtle in the world, Rafetus swinhoei, via a standardized questionnaire administered to former hunters of the species. By Thong Pham Van, Olivier Le Duc, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bordes, Vinh Quang Luu, Luca Luiselli
Herpetological Journal Vol. 29
A field investigation from 2014-2018 on the Cuora individuals traded by high-level traders in six provinces of Vietnam and the estimated numbers of traded individuals determined through interviews with traders. – Thong Pham Van, Benjamin Leprince, Hong Luong Xuan, Quyen Nguyen Thu, Olivier Le Duc, Cedric Bordes, Manh Vuong Tien & Luca Luiselli
The Herpetological Bulletin n°146
Natural history observations on the endangered turtle Geoemyda spengleri in Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve (Vietnam), with notes on other sympatric species – Thong Pham Van, Thinh Vu Tien, Jeffrey E. Dawson, Tung Bui Thanh & Benjamin Leprince
Herpetological Journal n°29
Longitudinal monitoring of turtle trade through Facebook in Vietnam – Thong Pham Van, Vinh Quang Luu, Thinh Vu Tien, Benjamin Leprince, Linh Tran Thi
Khanh & Luca Luiselli
This publication in german written by Benjamin LEPRINCE (president of Turtle Sanctuary) details his breeding experience of Platysternum megacephalum.