EMYSystem Species Page: Pelusios castanoides
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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 castanoides (Yellow-bellied Mud Turtle)
range of species Pelusios castanoides
approximate range
Original Description Hewitt 1931 : 463
Type Locality "Richards Bay, Zululand" [Republic of South Africa]; restricted to "Lake St. Lucia estuary, KwaZulu" [Republic of South Africa] by Broadley (1981b:673)
Holotype TMP 13433
Original name Pelusios nigricans castanoides
Common name Yellow-bellied Mud Turtle
Distribution Madagascar, Seychelles Islands, and Africa from Kenya to northeastern Republic South Africa
Comments Broadley (1981b) considered Pelusios castanoides a subspecies of Pelusios castaneus, although Bour (1983) argued that they are distinct species. Includes P. castaneus kapika Bour (1978), according to Bour (1983). Reviewed by Boycott and Bourquin (1988).
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