Loggerhead musk turtle

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Loggerhead musk turtle
Sternotherus minor peltifer Jungtier ca. 2 Monate alt.jpg
hatchling loggerhead musk turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Kinosternidae
Genus: Sternotherus
Species: S. minor
Binomial name
Sternotherus minor
(Agassiz, 1857)
Synonyms[1]
Sternotherus minor minor
  • Goniochelys minor Agassiz, 1857
  • Aromochelys minor Strauch, 1862
  • Sternotherus minor Stejneger, 1923
  • Sternotherus carinatus minor
    Carr, 1952
  • Sternotherus minor minor
    Tinkle & Webb, 1955
  • Sternothaerus minor minor
    – Tinkle, 1958
  • Sternotheraerus minor minor
    – Wharton & Howard, 1971
  • Kinosternon minor
    – Iverson, Ernst, Gotte & Lovich, 1989
  • Kinosternon minor minor
    – Ernst & Barbour, 1989
Sternotherus minor peltifer
  • Sternotherus peltifer
    H.M. Smith & Glass, 1947
  • Sternotherus carinatus peltifer
    – Carr, 1952
  • Sternotherus minor peltifer
    – Tinkle & Webb, 1955
  • Sternothaerus minor peltifer
    – Tinkle, 1958
  • Kinosternon minor peltifer
    – Ernst & Barbour, 1989

The loggerhead musk turtle (Sternotherus minor) is a species of turtle native to the United States.

Geographic distribution[edit]

The loggerhead musk turtle can be found in the states of Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

Description[edit]

detail of head

It gets its name from its unusually large head, compared to the common musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus). Adults can be 8–13 cm (3-5 inches) in carapace length. Barbels are present on the chin only, not on the throat.[2]

Habitat[edit]

They live in clean freshwater habitats.

Subspecies[edit]

Two subspecies are recognized, including the nominotypical subspecies.

Sternotherus minor minor (Agassiz, 1857)
Sternotherus minor peltifer H.M. Smith & Glass, 1947[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 262–263. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Conant, R. 1975. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Second Edition. Houghton Mifflin. Boston. 429 pp. ISBN 0-395-19977-8. (Sternotherus minor, p. 42 + Plates 4,5 + Map 8.)
  3. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Agassiz, L. 1857. Contributions to the Natural History of the United States of America. Vol. I. Little, Brown, and Co. Boston. li + 452 pp.
    (Goniochelys minor, p. 424.)
  • Smith, H.M. & B.P. Glass. 1947. A new musk turtle from the southeastern United States. Journ. Washington Acad Sci. 37 (1): 22-24.
  • McCoy, C.J., A.V. Bianculli and R.C. Vogt. 1978. Sternotherus minor in the Pascagoula River system, Mississippi. Herpetological Review. 9 (3): 109.

External links[edit]

Media related to Sternotherus minor at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Sternotherus minor at Wikispecies