EMYSystem Species Page: Pelusios subniger
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OrderOrder Testudines (turtles, tortoises and terrapins)
FamilyFamily Pelomedusidae (Afro-American Side-necked Turtles)
SubfamilySubfamily no_subfamily ()
GenusGenus Pelusios (African Hinged Terrapins)
SpeciesSpecies Pelusios subniger (East African Black Mud Turtle)
range of species Pelusios subniger
approximate range
Original Description Bonnaterre 1789 : 30
Type Locality Not stated; designated as "Tamatave [= Toamasina], est de Madagascar"
Holotype MNHN 8366
Original name Testudo subnigra
Common name East African Black Mud Turtle
Distribution Eastern and southeastern Africa, Madagascar, and the Seychelles Islands; introduced to Gloriosa Island, Mauritius Island (possibly now extirpated), and Diego Garcia, Chagos Archipelago (Bour, 1984d)
Comments Originally described by Lacepède (1788:15), but that work was made unavailable by ICZN Opinion 1463 (1987). Reviewed by Broadley (1981b), Bour (1983), and Boycott and Bourquin (1988).
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