EMYSystem Genus Page: Chrysemys
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Emydidae (Pond Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Deirochelyinae ()
GenusGenus Chrysemys (Painted turtles)
range of genus Chrysemys
approximate range
C. picta
Original Description Gray 1844 : 27
Common name Painted turtles
Distribution As for the single species
Comments Considered by McDowell (1964), Weaver and Rose (1967), Holman (1977), and Fritz (1981b) to include Pseudemys and Trachemys. This view has been rejected by Vogt and McCoy (1980), Ernst and Ernst (1980), Ward (1984), Iverson (1986), Seidel and Smith (1986), Ernst (1990), and Legler (1990). Reviewed by Ernst (1988c) and in part by Smith and Smith (1979:418-433).
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