EMYSystem Species Page: Pelusios rhodesianus
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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 rhodesianus (Variable Mud Turtle)
range of species Pelusios rhodesianus
approximate range
Original Description Hewitt 1927 : 375
Type Locality "Mpika district", northeastern Rhodesia [= Zambia]
Holotype AMG 5432
Original name Pelusios nigricans rhodesianus
Common name Variable Mud Turtle
Distribution Uganda to eastern Zaire, Angola and northeastern Natal, Republic of South Africa
Comments Considered a subspecies of P. castaneus by Wermuth and Mertens (1977:116); elevated to species status by Raw (1978) and Broadley (1981b). Reviewed by Bour (1983) and Boycott and Bourquin (1988).
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