EMYSystem Species Page: Malaclemys terrapin
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Emydidae (Pond Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Deirochelyinae ()
GenusGenus Malaclemys (Diamondback Terrapins)
SpeciesSpecies Malaclemys terrapin (Diamondback Terrapin)
range of species Malaclemys terrapin
approximate range
Original Description Schoepff 1793 : 64
Type Locality "Habitat in America septentrionali...in foris Philadelphiae, ... in aquis subdulcibus Insulae Longae capto, ..."; restricted by Schmidt (1953:95) to "coastal waters of Long Island" [New York, USA]
Holotype Not designated
Original name Testudo terrapin
Common name Diamondback Terrapin
Distribution Along the coast of the USA from Massachusetts to southern Texas
Comments References to this species in Mexico are erroneous, according to Smith and Smith (1979:524). Reviewed by Ernst and Bury (1982).
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