EMYSystem Text Only Species Page: Hardella thurjii

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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Geoemydidae ()
genus...............Hardella (Crowned River Turtles)
species..............Hardella thurjii (Crowned River Turtle)
Original Description
Gray 1831b : 22
Assumed to be in the BMNH since it is illustrated in Gray 1831 "1830-35": plate 73 as EMYS THUJI, although no specimen is listed in their catalog or in Boulenger 1889:66; however, OUM 8433-34 are listed in their catalogue as syntypes according to Das pers. comm.
Type Locality
Original name
Emys thurjii
Common Name
Crowned River Turtle
Indus and Ganges-Brahmaputra river systems in Pakistan, northern India, (probably) Nepal, and Bangladesh; a record from near Bombay, India (Grumwaldt, 1980) is probably in error
Reviewed by Smith (1931; as Hardella thurgi), Tikader and Sharma (1985; as Hardella thurgi), and Das (1991). Hardella indi (Gray, 1870c:58) is variably recognized as a synonym of H. thurjii (many recent authors), a separate species (McDowell, 1964), or a subspecies of H. thurjii (Wermuth and Mertens, 1977:40). It is recognized here as a subspecies pending further taxonomic study.
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