EMYSystem Species Page: Pelodiscus sinensis
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Trionychidae (Softshell Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Trionychinae (Common Softshell Turtles)
GenusGenus Pelodiscus (Chinese Softshell Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Pelodiscus sinensis (Chinese Softshell Turtle)
range of species Pelodiscus sinensis
approximate range
Original Description Wiegmann 1835 : 189
Type Locality "kleinen Insel im Tigerflusse, dicht bei Macao" (= small island in the Tiger River near Macao) [China]; see Comment
Syntypes (3 specimens) ZMB 38; ZMB 39 (extant); ZMB 37 (lost).
Original name Trionyx (aspidonectes) sinensis
Common name Chinese Softshell Turtle
Distribution USSR (extreme southeastern Siberia), China (from Manchuria to Taiwan and Hainan islands), Korea, Japan, and northern Vietnam; introduced into Hawaii, USA (McKeown and Webb, 1982
Comments Reviewed by Smith (1931; as Trionyx sinensis), Pope (1935; as Amyda sinensis), Bourret (1941; as Trionyx sinensis), Ernst and Barbour (1972; as Trionyx sinensis), and Meylan (1987). The type of Testudo rostrata (Thunberg, 1787:179) in the Uppsala Museum in Sweden is not Amyda cartilaginea as usually recorded (e.g., Wermuth and Mertens, 1977:107); it has been identified as Pelodiscus sinensis by Webb (1985:84). The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature was petitioned (Case 2693; Webb, 1990a) to suppress the earlier name and conserve Wiegmann's name; conservation of the latter was mandated by ICZN Opinion 1659 (in 1991).
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