EMYSystem Text Only Species Page: Apalone spinifera

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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Trionychidae (Softshell Turtles)
subfamily.......Trionychinae (Common Softshell Turtles)
genus...............Apalone (North American Softshell Turtles)
species..............Apalone spinifera (Spiny Softshell Turtle)
Original Description
LeSueur 1827 : 258
(8 specimens) MNHN 1949; MNHN 6957; MNHN 8807; MNHN 8808 (designated lectotype by Webb 1962:491); MNHN 8809; MNHN 8810; MNHN 8811; MNHN 8812; MNHN 1949 and 6957 may be syntypes of Trionyx ocellatus LeSueur 1827:261 [= Trionyx spiniferus LeSueur]) according to R. G. Webb.
Type Locality
"Newharmony, sur le Wabash" [= New Harmony, Wabash River, Posey County, Indiana, USA]
Original name
Trionyx spiniferus
Common Name
Spiny Softshell Turtle
Southern Ontario and Quebec, Canada to north Florida, Montana and New Mexico, USA, and Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas, Mexico; introduced into the Colorado and Gila river drainages of southwestern USA and adjacent Mexico and several localities along Pacific coast of California (Stebbins, 1985)
Synonymy includes Trionyx ater Webb and Legler (1960:21) according to Smith and Smith (1979). Reviewed by Webb (1973a; as Trionyx ater), Webb (1973d; as Trionyx spiniferus), Smith and Smith (1979; in Mexico, as Trionyx spiniferus), and Meylan (1987). Subgenus Apalone according to Meylan (1987:92).
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