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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Emydidae (Pond Turtles)
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- Original Description
- Rafinesque 1815 : 75
- Original name
- Common Name
- Pond Turtles
- The Americas, Eurasia, and North Africa
- Taxonomic history discussed by Smith and Smith (1979) and Pritchard and Trebbau (1984). McDowell (1964) discussed relationships within the family. Whetstone (1978), Gaffney (1975a), and Gaffney and Meylan (1988) discussed phylogenetic relationships with other turtle families. Bramble (1974) discussed the evolution of plastral kinesis in the family. Bickham and Baker (1976a) and Carr and Bickham (1986) discussed karyotype evolution in this group.
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