EMYSystem Text Only Species Page: Sternotherus odoratus
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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Kinosternidae (American Mud and Musk Turtles)
subfamily.......Staurotypinae (Tropical Musk Turtles)
genus...............Sternotherus (Musk Turtles)
species..............Sternotherus odoratus (Common Musk Turtle)
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- Original Description
- Latreille 1801 : 122
- Not designated; presumed lost; illustrated in the original description.
- Type Locality
- "les eaux dormantes de la Caroline"; restricted by Schmidt (1953:87) to "vicinity of Charleston [Charlestown Co.], South Carolina" [USA]
- Original name
- Testudo odorata
- Common Name
- Common Musk Turtle
- Southeastern Canada (Ontario and southern Quebec) and the eastern USA (Maine to southern Wisconsin to Texas to Florida); a single record from Chihuahua, Mexico (see Smith and Smith, 1979) is considered invalid; only representative records are plotted for the continuous portion of the range in the southeastern USA
- Reviewed by Reynolds and Seidel (1982, 1983).
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