EMYSystem Species Page: Terrapene ornata
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Emydidae (Pond Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily Emydinae (Emydine Turtles)
GenusGenus Terrapene (Box Turtles)
SpeciesSpecies Terrapene ornata (Ornate Box Turtle)
range of species Terrapene ornata
approximate range
Original Description Agassiz 1857 : 445
Type Locality "from the Upper Missouri ... and from Iowa"; erroneously restricted to "Council Bluffs [Pottawattamie Co.], Iowa" [USA], by Smith and Taylor (1950:36) and to "junction of the Platte and Missouri River" [Nebraska, USA] by Schmidt (1953:95); restriction corrected to "Burlington [Des Moines Co.], Iowa" [USA] by lectotype designation of Smith and Smith (1979:587)
Syntypes (6 specimens) USNM 7862 (formerly 57); USNM 7541; USNM 131837 (formerly one of two numbered 7541); USNM 7547; USNM 7692; MCZ 1536 (designated lectotype by Smith and Smith 1979:587).
Original name Cistudo ornata
Common name Ornate Box Turtle
Distribution Northern Mexico; southeastern Arizona to southern Wisconsin, Indiana and Louisiana, USA
Comments Reviewed by Legler (1960a), Milstead and Tinkle (1967), Ward (1978), and Smith and Smith (1979). In the Terrapene ornata group.
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