Entry from British & World English dictionary
(also flap-shelled turtle)
A soft-shelled turtle, native to India and Africa, with flaps of skin on the lower shell that fold to protect the hindlimbs and tail, and flexible margins to the upper shell that protect the head and limbs.
- Genera Lissemys and other genera, family Trionychidae: several species, in particular the Indian flapshell (L. punctata).
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