EMYSystem Species Page: Erymnochelys madagascariensis
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Podocnemidae ()
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Erymnochelys (Madagascan Big-headed Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Erymnochelys madagascariensis (Madagascan Big-headed Turtle)
range of species Erymnochelys madagascariensis
approximate range
Original Description Grandidier 1867 : 232
Type Locality "Mouroundava Tsidsibouque flumina in occidentali insulae Madagascar littore" [= Morondava and Tsidsibou rivers on the western coast of Madagascar]
Holotype MNHN 9544
Original name Dumerilia madagascariensis
Common name Madagascan Big-headed Turtle
Distribution Western and northern Madagascar from the Mangoky River in the southwest to the Sambirano basin in the north
Comments Reviewed by Tronc and Vuillemin (1974) and Groombridge (1982). The original genus (Dumerilia Grandidier, 1867) is preoccupied and therefore unavailable (Wermuth and Mertens, 1977:119).
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