EMYSystem Species Page: Emydura australis
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Chelidinae ()
GenusGenus Emydura (Australian Short-necked Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Emydura australis (Australian Big-headed Turtle)
range of species Emydura australis
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1841 : 445
Type Locality "Western Australia?", restricted to "Macquarie River" [N.S.W., Australia] by Gray (1872:506).
Holotype BMNH 1947.3.4.36
Original name Hydraspis australis
Common name Australian Big-headed Turtle
Distribution Northern Australia from Cape York peninsula, Queensland to Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Comments Synonymy should include Chelymys krefftii Gray (1871b; = Emydura krefftii), and Euchelymys subglobosa Krefft (1876; = Emydura subglobosa), according to McDowell (1983). Considered a synonym of Emydura macquarrii by Cogger et al. (1983) and King and Burke (1989:120), without discussion. However, these poorly substantiated changes are rejected until John Legler's taxonomic review is complete.
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