EMYSystem Species Page: Chelodina novaeguineae
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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 novaeguineae (New Guinea Snake-necked Turtle)
range of species Chelodina novaeguineae
approximate range
Original Description Boulenger 1888a : 450
Type Locality "Katow" [= Mawatta, Binaturi River, Papua, New Guinea]
Syntypes (2 specimens) MSNG C.E. 8407 and BMNH 1946.1.22.36 (figured in Boulenger 1889; plates V-VI).
Original name Chelodina novae-guineae
Common name New Guinea Snake-necked Turtle
Distribution Northeastern Queensland and possibly northern Northern Territory, Australia; southwestern Papua New Guinea; Roti Island (van Lidth de Jeude, 1895:120).
Comments Reviewed by Cogger et al. (1983). The Roti Island population represents a distinct species according to A. G. J. Rhodin (pers. comm.), who is also describing another population in southeastern Papua New Guinea as a full species. Wells and Wellington (1985:11) named the Australian populations as Chelodina rankini without a diagnosis or adequate description; they also designated BMNH 1946.1.22.36 as the lectotype.
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