EMYSystem Genus Page: Emydura
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Chelidinae ()
GenusGenus Emydura (Australian Short-necked Turtles)
range of genus Emydura
approximate range
E. australis
E. krefftii
E. macquarrii
E. signata
E. subglobosa
E. victoriae
Original Description Bonaparte 1836 : 7
Common name Australian Short-necked Turtles
Distribution Australia and New Guinea
Comments Stimson (1986) discussed the history of the genus name, and demonstrated that it is not a nomen nudum as suggested by Cogger et al. (1983) and Wells and Wellington (1983). McDowell (1983) argued for the synonymy of Elseya Gray (1867) with Emydura, but Legler (1981, 1985), Cogger et al. (1983), and all subsequent authors except Wells and Wellington (1985) disagree. Wells and Wellington (1985:12) inappropriately resurrect the genus Chelymys Gray (1844) for several species. They also (1985:13-14) placed the remaining species in their new genus Tropicochelymys (see individual species accounts), but that usage is not followed here, in anticipation of a decision by the ICZN on a petition (Case 2531) to suppress the work.
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