EMYSystem Species Page: Podocnemis erythrocephala
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Podocnemidae ()
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Podocnemis (South American Side-necked River Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Podocnemis erythrocephala (Red-headed River Turtle)
range of species Podocnemis erythrocephala
approximate range
Original Description Spix 1824 : 9
Type Locality "Rio Solimoens" [= Río Solimoes, South America]; however, Vanzolini (1981:xxvi) believes the species does not occur in the Rio Solimoens
Holotype ZSM 2517/0
Original name Emys erythrocephala
Common name Red-headed River Turtle
Distribution Upper Orinoco to Amazon river basins in Southern Venezuela, eastern Colombia, and northern Brazil
Comments Referred to as Podocnemis cayennensis (Schweigger, 1812) by most authors prior to 1974. Reviewed by Mittermeier and Wilson (1974), Groombridge (1982) and Pritchard and Trebbau (1984).
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