EMYSystem Species Page: Chelodina rugosa
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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 rugosa (Northern Australian Snake-necked Turtle)
range of species Chelodina rugosa
approximate range
Original Description Ogilby 1890 : 56
Type Locality "Cape York, Q[ueensland]." [Australia]
Holotype AMS R6256
Original name Chelodina rugosa
Common name Northern Australian Snake-necked Turtle
Distribution Northern Australia, from Cape York Peninsula of Queensland across Northern Territory to Kimberley District, Western Australia
Comments May include Chelodina siebenrocki according to Rhodin and Mittermeier (1976). Reviewed by Cogger et al. (1983). With no justification, Wells and Wellington (1985:13) placed this species in their new genus Macrochelodina, which itself was not diagnosed; they also named the populations west of the Cape York peninsula in Northern Territory as M. billabong, but without a diagnosis or adequate description.
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