EMYSystem Species Page: Chelodina expansa
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Chelidinae ()
GenusGenus Chelodina (Snake-necked Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Chelodina expansa (Giant Snake-necked Turtle)
range of species Chelodina expansa
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1857 : 370
Type Locality "Australia"; incorrectly restricted to "nördliches Australia" by Wermuth and Mertens (1977:122)
Syntypes (2 specimens) BMNH 1947.3.4.21; BMNH 1947.3.5.88
Original name Chelodina expansa
Common name Giant Snake-necked Turtle
Distribution Australia: Murray-Darling River system of South Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland, and coastal basins of southeastern Queensland
Comments Reviewed by Cogger et al. (1983). Geographic variation may be significant enough to warrant subspecies recognition (P. C. H. Pritchard, pers. comm.). With no justification, Wells and Wellington (1985:13) placed this species in their new genus Macrochelodina, which itself was not diagnosed.
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