EMYSystem Species Page: Platemys platycephala
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Austrochelidinae ()
GenusGenus Platemys (Twisted-necked Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Platemys platycephala (Twist-necked Turtle)
range of species Platemys platycephala
approximate range
Original Description Schneider 1792 : 261
Type Locality "Ost-Indien" [= East Indies (in error)]; restricted to "Cayenne, French Guiana" by Ernst (1983d:350)
Holotype Not located
Original name Testudo platycephala, Testudo planiceps
Common name Twist-necked Turtle
Distribution Orinoco to Amazon river basins in Venezuela, Colombia, eastern Ecuador, Peru, northern Bolivia, the Guianas, and Brazil
Comments Reviewed by Ernst (1983d, 1987) and Pritchard and Trebbau (1984). See Comment under Acanthochelys macrocephala. Pritchard and Trebbau (1984) discuss the problem caused by Schneider's (1792) use of two names for the same species.
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