EMYSystem Species Page: Emys orbicularis
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Emydidae (Pond Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Emydinae (Emydine Turtles)
GenusGenus Emys (European Pond Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Emys orbicularis (European Pond Turtle)
range of species Emys orbicularis
approximate range
Original Description Linnaeus 1758 : 198
Type Locality "meridionalibus Europae" [= Southern Europe]
Holotype Not located
Original name Testudo orbicularis
Common name European Pond Turtle
Distribution Northwestern Africa (Tunisia to Morocco), Europe (Portugal to Greece to Lithuania) to northern Iran and the Aral Sea region in the USSR; records from northwestern Europe may be introductions
Comments Reviewed by Loveridge and Williams (1957), Street (1979), and Fritz (1989).
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