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Data from: Economics, life history and international trade data for seven turtle species in Malaysia and Indonesian farms

Citation

Conde, Dalia A. et al. (2021), Data from: Economics, life history and international trade data for seven turtle species in Malaysia and Indonesian farms, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.vt4b8gtqq

Abstract

We collected data on the wildlife trade of seven turtle and tortoise species endemic to Indonesia and Malaysia (Amyda cartilagineaBatagur borneoensisCuora amboinensisCarettochelys insculptaHeosemys annandaliiHeosemys grandis, and Heosemys spinosa). We collated data for: the operations and economics of three breeding farms and one ranching facility; species life-history traits; and species international legal trade and confiscation data. We collected data for the facilities (one in Malaysia and three in Indonesia) using field visits and a semi-structured questionnaire. We conducted a literature review to compile relevant information on species’ life-history traits to estimate breeding viability. We downloaded species-specific data on international trade from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Trade Database for the exporting countries (Malaysia and Indonesia) for 2000–2015. We compared legal trade with confiscation data obtained from CITES. The data in this article can provide insights into the operations of turtle breeding farms in Southeast Asia. The data can be used as a reference for the inspection of breeding farms and for legislative bodies to determine whether captive breeding for select turtle species is feasible.

Methods

Data on the facilities was obtained by the inspection of four breeding farms (one registered facility in Malaysia, and three facilities in Indonesia) and interview facility operators using a standardized questionnaire. We conducted a literature search for species life-history traits and downloaded data on international commercial trade from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): UNEP WCMC CITES Trade Database for the exporting countries (Malaysia and Indonesia) from 2000–2015. We compared data from legal trade with confiscation data obtained from CITES, CoP17 Doc annex 1.

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