EMYSystem Species Page: Rafetus swinhoei
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Trionychidae (Softshell Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Trionychinae (Common Softshell Turtles)
GenusGenus Rafetus (Bicallosite Softshell Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Rafetus swinhoei (Shanghai Softshell Turtle)
range of species Rafetus swinhoei
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1873f : 157
Type Locality "neighbourhood of Shanghai", China [PRC]
Holotype BMNH 1946.1.22.9 (formerly and its skull, which is numbered separately as BMNH 1947.3.6.13
Original name Oscaria swinhoei
Common name Shanghai Softshell Turtle
Distribution Known only from the Shanghai River and Tai Hu Lake, in the vicinity of Shanghai, China (PRC)
Comments Removed from the synonymy of Trionyx [= Pelodiscus] sinensis by Meylan and Webb (1988:118); see also Boulenger (1889), Pritchard (1979), and Meylan (1987). Includes Pelochelys taihuensis Zhang (1984:71), according to R. Bour, P. A. Meylan, and R. G. Webb (pers. comm.).
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