EMYSystem Species Page: Rhinoclemmys melanosterna
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Geoemydidae ()
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Rhinoclemmys (Neotropical Wood Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Rhinoclemmys melanosterna (Colombian Wood Turtle)
range of species Rhinoclemmys melanosterna
approximate range
Original Description Gray 1861 : 205
Type Locality "Cherunha ... Gulf of Darien", although the types are listed as coming from "River Buonaventura" and "Chirambira, Gulf of Darien" by Boulenger (1889:124); restricted to "Chirambira near Buenaventura" by Mertens and Wermuth (1955:352) and to "Punta Chirambirá delta del rio San Juan, Chocó, Colombia" by Medem (1958:21)
Syntypes (2 specimens) BMNH 1947.3.4.8; BMNH 1947.3.5.51
Original name Geoclemmys melanosterna
Common name Colombian Wood Turtle
Distribution Eastern Panama to northwestern Colombia south to extreme northwestern Ecuador
Comments Elevated to species status from the synonymy of R. punctularia (e.g., Ernst 1978, 1981c) by Pritchard (1979), Pritchard and Trebbau (1984), Paolillo (1985), and Carr and Bickham (1986).
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