EMYSystem Text Only Genus Page: Emydura

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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
subfamily.......Chelidinae ()
genus...............Emydura (Australian Short-necked Turtles)
species list
E. australis (Australian Big-headed Turtle)
E. krefftii (Krefft's River Turtle)
E. macquarrii (Murray River Turtle)
E. signata (Brisbane Short-necked Turtle)
E. subglobosa (Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle)
E. victoriae (Victoria Short-necked Turtle)
Original Description
Bonaparte 1836 : 7
Common Name
Australian Short-necked Turtles
Australia and New Guinea
Stimson (1986) discussed the history of the genus name, and demonstrated that it is not a nomen nudum as suggested by Cogger et al. (1983) and Wells and Wellington (1983). McDowell (1983) argued for the synonymy of Elseya Gray (1867) with Emydura, but Legler (1981, 1985), Cogger et al. (1983), and all subsequent authors except Wells and Wellington (1985) disagree. Wells and Wellington (1985:12) inappropriately resurrect the genus Chelymys Gray (1844) for several species. They also (1985:13-14) placed the remaining species in their new genus Tropicochelymys (see individual species accounts), but that usage is not followed here, in anticipation of a decision by the ICZN on a petition (Case 2531) to suppress the work.
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