EMYSystem Genus Page: Pelusios
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Pelomedusidae (Afro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Pelusios (African Hinged Terrapins)
range of genus Pelusios
approximate range
P. adansonii
P. bechuanicus
P. broadleyi
P. carinatus
P. castaneus
P. castanoides
P. chapini
P. gabonensis
P. nanus
P. niger
P. rhodesianus
P. seychellensis
P. sinuatus
P. subniger
P. upembae
P. williamsi
Original Description Wagler 1830 : 137
Common name African Hinged Terrapins
Distribution Africa; Madagascar; Seychelles, Mauritius, Cape Verde, Diego Garcia, and Gloriosa Islands
Comments Reviewed by Laurent (1965), Broadley (1981b, 1983), and Bour (1983). Taxonomy follows Bour (1983), though disagreements are noted under Comments. Smith et al. (1980) and Bour and Dubois (1984a) discuss the nomenclatural problems associated with the priority of the name Sternothaerus Bell (1825:305), which has been suppressed by the ICZN (Opinion 1534; Melville, 1989). Wood (1974) recognized two species groups: adansonii (including adansonii, broadleyi, gabonensis, nanus and niger) and subniger (subniger and all other species), although Bour (1986a) questioned their distinctiveness.
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