EMYSystem Species Page: Sternotherus odoratus
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Kinosternidae (American Mud and Musk Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Staurotypinae (Tropical Musk Turtles)
GenusGenus Sternotherus (Musk Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Sternotherus odoratus (Common Musk Turtle)
range of species Sternotherus odoratus
approximate range
Original Description Latreille 1801 : 122
Type Locality "les eaux dormantes de la Caroline"; restricted by Schmidt (1953:87) to "vicinity of Charleston [Charlestown Co.], South Carolina" [USA]
Holotype Not designated; presumed lost; illustrated in the original description.
Original name Testudo odorata
Common name Common Musk Turtle
Distribution Southeastern Canada (Ontario and southern Quebec) and the eastern USA (Maine to southern Wisconsin to Texas to Florida); a single record from Chihuahua, Mexico (see Smith and Smith, 1979) is considered invalid; only representative records are plotted for the continuous portion of the range in the southeastern USA
Comments Reviewed by Reynolds and Seidel (1982, 1983).
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