EMYSystem Text Only Species Page: Chelodina novaeguineae

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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Chelidae (Austro-American Side-necked Turtles)
subfamily.......Chelidinae ()
genus...............Chelodina (Snake-necked Turtles)
species..............Chelodina novaeguineae (New Guinea Snake-necked Turtle)
Original Description
Boulenger 1888a : 450
(2 specimens) MSNG C.E. 8407 and BMNH 1946.1.22.36 (figured in Boulenger 1889; plates V-VI).
Type Locality
"Katow" [= Mawatta, Binaturi River, Papua, New Guinea]
Original name
Chelodina novae-guineae
Common Name
New Guinea Snake-necked Turtle
Northeastern Queensland and possibly northern Northern Territory, Australia; southwestern Papua New Guinea; Roti Island (van Lidth de Jeude, 1895:120).
Reviewed by Cogger et al. (1983). The Roti Island population represents a distinct species according to A. G. J. Rhodin (pers. comm.), who is also describing another population in southeastern Papua New Guinea as a full species. Wells and Wellington (1985:11) named the Australian populations as Chelodina rankini without a diagnosis or adequate description; they also designated BMNH 1946.1.22.36 as the lectotype.
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