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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Chelydridae (Snapping Turtles)
genus...............Macrochelys (Alligator Snapping Turtles)
species..............Macrochelys temminckii (Alligator Snapping Turtle)
Original Description
Harlan 1835 : 158
MNHN Laboratory of Comparative Anatomy No. A. 4540 (see Bour 1987:340-43 and Pritchard 1989:11-12); however, RMNH 6166, a large stuffed specimen of Macroclemys, is labelled "type" in the catalog, and was apparently sent by Troost from "Tennessee" according to Adler and Hoogmoed pers. comm.
Type Locality
tributary stream of the Mississippi, which enters the river above Memphis, in west Tennessee[USA]; restricted to the Wolf River, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA by Bour (1987:343).
Original name
Chelonura temminckii
Common Name
Alligator Snapping Turtle
Gulf of Mexico drainages from the Suwannee River in Florida to the San Antonio River in Texas and north to southern Illinois, USA
Reviewed by Pritchard (1989).
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