EMYSystem Species Page: Phrynops gibbus
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Austrochelidinae ()
GenusGenus Phrynops (Toad-headed Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Phrynops gibbus (Gibba Turtle)
range of species Phrynops gibbus
approximate range
Original Description Schweigger 1812 : 299
Type Locality "Patria ignota" [= locality unknown]; designated as "Amér.[ique] mérid.[ionale]" by Duméril and Duméril (1851:20) and recorded as "Amérique du Sud" in MNHN catalog (Bour, pers. comm.); restricted to "environs de Cayenne, Guyane française" by Bour and Pauler (1987:7).
Holotype MNHN 8756
Original name Emys gibba
Common name Gibba Turtle
Distribution Orinoco to Amazon river basins in Colombia, eastern Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, the Guianas and northern Brazil; Trinidad
Comments Subgenus Mesoclemmys. Reviewed by Mittermeier et al. (1978), Ernst (1981e), Pritchard and Trebbau (1984), and Bour and Pauler (1987). See Comment under Phrynops vanderhaegei.
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