EMYSystem Species Page: Phrynops vanderhaegei
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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 vanderhaegei (Vanderhaege's Toad-headed Turtle)
range of species Phrynops vanderhaegei
approximate range
Original Description Bour 1973 : 184
Type Locality "probablement les environs d'Asunción au Paraguay" [= near Asunción, Paraguay]; restricted to "Tobati (25° 15'S, 57° 04'W), La Cordillera, Paraguay" by Bour and Pauler (1987:10).
Holotype MNHN 1977-50; photograph in Bour and Pauler 1987:22.
Original name Phrynops tuberculatus vanderhaegei
Common name Vanderhaege's Toad-headed Turtle
Distribution Rio Parana basin in southern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina; possibly also in Uruguay and Bolivia
Comments Subgenus Batrachemys. Considered by Wermuth and Mertens (1977:133) to be a subspecies of Phrynops tuberculatus and by McDiarmid and Foster (1987) to be a subspecies of Phrynops gibbus; however, Bour and Pauler (1987:10) have argued for full species status.
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