EMYSystem Family Page: Trionychidae
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Trionychidae (Softshell Turtles)
range of family Trionychidae
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Original Description Fitzinger 1826 : 5
Original name Trionychoidea
Common name Softshell Turtles
Distribution North America, Africa, southern and eastern Asia, and the East Indies to New Guinea
Comments Smith and Smith (1979) discuss the taxonomic history of the group. Loveridge and Williams (1957) reviewed the African species; and Webb (1962) reviewed the North American species. Meylan (1984, 1987) reviewed the taxonomy and phylogeny of the entire family, resurrecting many older generic names (especially from the synonymy of the genus Trionyx); his classification is followed here despite the disagreement by Kizirian and Webb (1990) and Webb (1990b). Karyotype variation is discussed in Bickham et al. (1983). See also Comment under Carettochelyidae.
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