EMYSystem Species Page: Phrynops raniceps
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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 raniceps (Amazon Toad-headed Turtle)
range of species Phrynops raniceps
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1855 : 55
Type Locality "Brazils; Para"; "Parà, Brésil" according to Bour and Pauler (1987:8)
Holotype Not stated; BMNH 1947.3.5.92 designated lectotype by Bour and Pauler 1987:8, after Boulenger 1889:219; figured in Gray 1855:Plate XXIII; figure reproduced in Bour and Pauler 1987:21).
Original name Hydraspis raniceps
Common name Amazon Toad-headed Turtle
Distribution Upper Orinoco to Amazon river basins in eastern Colombia, southern Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia
Comments Subgenus Batrachemys. Removed from the synonymy of Phrynops nasutus by Bour and Pauler (1987). Includes Phrynops wermuthi Mertens (1969c:132) according to Bour and Pauler (1987).
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