EMYSystem Text Only Species Page: Graptemys pulchra

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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Emydidae (Pond Turtles)
subfamily.......Deirochelyinae ()
genus...............Graptemys (Map Turtles)
species..............Graptemys pulchra (Alabama Map Turtle)
Original Description
Baur 1893a : 675
(2 specimens) USNM 8808; the skull of one of the syntypes was removed and apparently catalogued as USNM 29526 (e.g., see King and Burke 1989:55); however, a note in the type catalog suggests that Fred Cagle identified that skull as G. oculifera; Cochran 1961:231 and Lovich 1985 recorded both USNM 8808 and USNM 29526 as the syntypes; however, the dry skull has now been recatalogued as USNM 252600 and should not be considered syntypical according to George Zug pers. comm.
Type Locality
"Montgomery, [Montgomery Co.] Ala[bama]." [USA]
Original name
Graptemys pulchra
Common Name
Alabama Map Turtle
Pearl river drainage in eastern Louisiana and Mississippi east to the Escambia and Blackwater-Yellow river drainages in western Florida, USA
Reviewed by Cagle (1952), Shealy (1976), and Lovich (1985).
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