Wink et al. (2001) and Parham et al. (2001) suggested that Mauremys iversoni is a hybrid between Cuora trifasciata and M. mutica. Picture in Draco 13 (4): 94 (2003). This is one of the most endangered turtle species according to a 2003 assessment by the IUCN. Little or no mitochondrial DNA variation was found among the morphologically distinct species Cuora aurocapitata, Cuora pani, and Cuora trifasciata (STUART & PARHAM 2004). According to SCHILDE (2004) the type locality of this species is not known.