EMYSystem Text Only Species Page: Kinosternon flavescens
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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Kinosternidae (American Mud and Musk Turtles)
subfamily.......Kinosterninae (American Mud and Musk turtles)
genus...............Kinosternon (American Mud and Musk Turtles)
species..............Kinosternon flavescens (Yellow Mud Turtle)
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- Original Description
- Agassiz 1857 : 430
- (5 specimens) USNM 50; USNM 131823 (formerly 7867); USNM 7892; MCZ 1918; MCZ 1919; USNM 50 designated lectotype by Iverson 1978b:478.
- Type Locality
- "Texas, near San Antonio; ... lower Rio Grande; ... Red River, Arkansas; ... Camp Yuma; ... Gila River" [USA]; incorrectly restricted by Smith and Taylor (1950:24) to "Waco [McLennan Co.], Texas" [USA] according to Maslin (1959:22); restricted to "Rio Blanco, near San Antonio [Bexar Co.], Texas" [USA] by Iverson (1978b:478)
- Original name
- Platythyra flavescens
- Common Name
- Yellow Mud Turtle
- Southern Nebraska to southern Arizona, USA and Sonora, Durango, Tamaulipas and Veracruz, Mexico; disjunct populations in western Illinois, eastern Iowa, northeastern and southwestern Missouri and the Nebraska Sandhills, USA
- Reviewed by Seidel (1978), Iverson (1979a; 1989c, arizonense only), Smith and Smith (1979), Houseal et al. (1982), and Berry and Berry (1984). A fourth subspecies, K. f. spooneri Smith (1951:195), has recently been synonymized with the nominate subspecies (e.g., see Berry and Berry, 1984).
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