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McCord's Box Turtle
McCord's box turtle (Cuora mccordi) is a species in the southeast Asian genus Cuora (family Geoemydidae).
The specific name, mccordi, is in honor of American veterinarian William Patrick McCord (born 1950).
Described by Ernst in 1988 from the Chinese pet trade, C. mccordi lacked distribution data for 19 years until Zhou et al. (2007) were able to report it from the wild.
McCord's box turtle is endemic to central Guangxi province, China.
C. mccordi is one of the most endangered Chinese endemic turtle species, highly sought after for traditional Chinese medicine and by turtle hobbyists.
Once thought to reach only 14 cm (5.5 in) carapace length, specimens of McCord's box turtle of up to 18 cm (7.1 in) carapace length are known now.
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