EMYSystem Text Only Species Page: Pelomedusa subrufa
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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Pelomedusidae (Afro-American Side-necked Turtles)
genus...............Pelomedusa (Helmeted Turtles)
species..............Pelomedusa subrufa (Helmeted Turtle)
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- Original Description
- Bonnaterre 1789 : 28
- MNHN 7970
- Type Locality
- "Indes" (in error); designated as "Kap der Guten Hoffnung" [= Cape of Good Hope, Republic of South Africa] by Mertens (1937:139); designated as "Taolañaro (Fort-Dauphin), République Malagasy (Madagascar)" by Bour (1982b:535).
- Original name
- Testudo subrufa
- Common Name
- Helmeted Turtle
- Africa from Senegal and Ethiopia to Republic of South Africa, Madagascar, and southern Saudi Arabia and Yemen
- Originally described by Lacepède (1788:173), but that work was made unavailable by ICZN Opinion 1463 (1987). Includes P. galeata Schoepff (1792:12) according to all recent authors. Reviewed by Loveridge (1941), and Boycott and Bourquin (1988).
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