First report on the non-native species, Western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii), in the wild, Republic of Korea

국내 야생에서 처음 발견된 외래종, 서부비단거북(Chrysemys picta bellii)의 관찰 사례 보고

  • Park, Il-Kook (Shinwha Engineering INC.) ;
  • Lee, Kyungwon (Hwa Jeong Engineering INC.) ;
  • Jeong, Ji-Hyun (Hwa Jeong Engineering INC.) ;
  • Lee, Hyun-Been (Hwa Jeong Engineering INC.) ;
  • Koo, Kyo Soung (Research Center of Ecomimetics, Chonnam National University)
  • 박일국 (신화엔지니어링) ;
  • 이경원 (화정엔지니어링) ;
  • 정지현 (화정엔지니어링) ;
  • 이현빈 (화정엔지니어링) ;
  • 구교성 (전남대학교 생태모방연구센터)
  • Received : 2019.11.20
  • Accepted : 2019.12.16
  • Published : 2020.03.31


On May 27, 2019, a non-native turtle was discovered at Ilsan Lake Park, Janghang-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Republic of Korea. The turtle was identified as a western painted turtle (Emydidae: Chrysemys picta bellii) based on the external morphology, plastron color, plastron pattern, stripes on the side of the head, and shape of the carapace. In the lake park, another non-native turtle was observed sunbathing on the same rock. In this paper, we firstly reported the confirmed presence of a western painted turtle in the wild of Korea. Unfortunately, various non-native turtles are continuously reported in Korean ecosystems. Therefore, we highlight that continuous surveying and reporting of the non-native species is important to their management.


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