EMYSystem Species Page: Elseya dentata
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Chelidinae ()
GenusGenus Elseya (Australian Snapping Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Elseya dentata (Northern Australian Snapping Turtle)
range of species Elseya dentata
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1863b : 98
Type Locality "N. Australia [Northern Territory]; Upper Victoria [River], in Beagle's Valley"
Syntypes (2 specimens) BMNH 1947.3.6.2; BMNH 1947.3.6.3
Original name Chelymys dentata
Common name Northern Australian Snapping Turtle
Distribution Australia: eastern Queensland (including Burnett and Fitzroy river basins), the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, and Arnhem Land, Northern Territory to the Kimberley district, Western Australia
Comments Synonymy should include Platemys novaeguineae Meyer (1874; = Elseya novaeguineae) according to McDowell (1983), but a more thorough study is needed. Reviewed by Cogger et al. (1983). This taxon is apparently a composite of several distinct species according to John Legler (pers. comm.) and Georges and Adams (1989). Wells and Wellington (1985:12) named the Queensland population Elseya sterlingi, but without diagnosis or adequate description; they also designated BMNH 1947.3.6.3 as lectotype.
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