EMYSystem Species Page: Macrochelys temminckii
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelydridae (Snapping Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Macrochelys (Alligator Snapping Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Macrochelys temminckii (Alligator Snapping Turtle)
range of species Macrochelys temminckii
approximate range
Original Description Harlan 1835 : 158
Type Locality tributary stream of the Mississippi, which enters the river above Memphis, in west Tennessee[USA]; restricted to the Wolf River, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA by Bour (1987:343).
Holotype MNHN Laboratory of Comparative Anatomy No. A. 4540 (see Bour 1987:340-43 and Pritchard 1989:11-12); however, RMNH 6166, a large stuffed specimen of Macroclemys, is labelled "type" in the catalog, and was apparently sent by Troost from "Tennessee" according to Adler and Hoogmoed pers. comm.
Original name Chelonura temminckii
Common name Alligator Snapping Turtle
Distribution Gulf of Mexico drainages from the Suwannee River in Florida to the San Antonio River in Texas and north to southern Illinois, USA
Comments Reviewed by Pritchard (1989).
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