EMYSystem Species Page: Kinosternon flavescens
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Kinosternidae (American Mud and Musk Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Kinosterninae (American Mud and Musk turtles)
GenusGenus Kinosternon (American Mud and Musk Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Kinosternon flavescens (Yellow Mud Turtle)
range of species Kinosternon flavescens
approximate range
Original Description Agassiz 1857 : 430
Type Locality "Texas, near San Antonio; ... lower Rio Grande; ... Red River, Arkansas; ... Camp Yuma; ... Gila River" [USA]; incorrectly restricted by Smith and Taylor (1950:24) to "Waco [McLennan Co.], Texas" [USA] according to Maslin (1959:22); restricted to "Rio Blanco, near San Antonio [Bexar Co.], Texas" [USA] by Iverson (1978b:478)
Syntypes (5 specimens) USNM 50; USNM 131823 (formerly 7867); USNM 7892; MCZ 1918; MCZ 1919; USNM 50 designated lectotype by Iverson 1978b:478.
Original name Platythyra flavescens
Common name Yellow Mud Turtle
Distribution Southern Nebraska to southern Arizona, USA and Sonora, Durango, Tamaulipas and Veracruz, Mexico; disjunct populations in western Illinois, eastern Iowa, northeastern and southwestern Missouri and the Nebraska Sandhills, USA
Comments Reviewed by Seidel (1978), Iverson (1979a; 1989c, arizonense only), Smith and Smith (1979), Houseal et al. (1982), and Berry and Berry (1984). A fourth subspecies, K. f. spooneri Smith (1951:195), has recently been synonymized with the nominate subspecies (e.g., see Berry and Berry, 1984).
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