EMYSystem Species Page: Chelus fimbriata
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Austrochelidinae ()
GenusGenus Chelus (Matamata Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Chelus fimbriata (Matamata Turtle)
range of species Chelus fimbriata
approximate range
Original Description Schneider 1783 : 349
Type Locality "Aprouague [=Guisanbourg]" . . . "Rémire [Island], French Guiana"
Holotype Not traced
Original name Testudo fimbriata
Common name Matamata Turtle
Distribution Northern and central South America from the Orinoco (and its nearby coastal drainages) to the Amazon river basins of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, French Guiana, (probably) Surinam, and Brazil; unconfirmed reports from the Lake Maracaibo basin of Venezuela are known (Pritchard and Trebbau, 1984)
Comments Reviewed by Pritchard and Trebbau (1984).
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