EMYSystem Species Page: Podocnemis expansa
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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 expansa (South American River Turtle)
range of species Podocnemis expansa
approximate range
Original Description Schweigger 1812 : 299
Type Locality "America meridionali" [= South America]
Syntypes (3 specimens according to the original description) MNHN 7997 is probably one of the types according to R. Bour pers. comm.
Original name Emys expansa
Common name South American River Turtle
Distribution Orinoco and Essequibo to Amazon River drainages of Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, eastern Ecuador, northeastern Peru, northern Brazil, and northern Bolivia
Comments Reviewed by Groombridge (1982) and Pritchard and Trebbau (1984). See Comment under Podocnemis unifilis.
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