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order..........TESTUDINES (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
family...........Emydidae (Pond Turtles)
subfamily.......Emydinae (Emydine Turtles)
genus...............Terrapene (Box Turtles)
species..............Terrapene ornata (Ornate Box Turtle)
Original Description
Agassiz 1857 : 445
(6 specimens) USNM 7862 (formerly 57); USNM 7541; USNM 131837 (formerly one of two numbered 7541); USNM 7547; USNM 7692; MCZ 1536 (designated lectotype by Smith and Smith 1979:587).
Type Locality
"from the Upper Missouri ... and from Iowa"; erroneously restricted to "Council Bluffs [Pottawattamie Co.], Iowa" [USA], by Smith and Taylor (1950:36) and to "junction of the Platte and Missouri River" [Nebraska, USA] by Schmidt (1953:95); restriction corrected to "Burlington [Des Moines Co.], Iowa" [USA] by lectotype designation of Smith and Smith (1979:587)
Original name
Cistudo ornata
Common Name
Ornate Box Turtle
Northern Mexico; southeastern Arizona to southern Wisconsin, Indiana and Louisiana, USA
Reviewed by Legler (1960a), Milstead and Tinkle (1967), Ward (1978), and Smith and Smith (1979). In the Terrapene ornata group.
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