EMYSystem Species Page: Pelusios castaneus
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Pelomedusidae (Afro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Pelusios (African Hinged Terrapins)
SpeciesSpecies Pelusios castaneus (West African Mud Turtle)
range of species Pelusios castaneus
approximate range
Original Description Schweigger 1812 : 314
Type Locality "Patria ignota" [= locality unknown]; restricted to "Afrique occidentale" by Bour (1978:148).
Holotype Not designated
Original name Emys castanea
Common name West African Mud Turtle
Distribution Senegal to northwestern Angola; Cape Verde Islands and Sao Tome Islands; introduced to Guadalupe, Lesser Antilles (Schwartz and Thomas, 1975, as Pelusios subniger).
Comments See Comments under Pelusios castanoides and P. chapini. Includes Sternotherus derbianus Gray (1844) according to Laurent (1965), Bour (1978, 1983). See also reviews by Broadley (1981b) and Bour (1983).
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