This species was recently moved from Elseya to Myuchelys by Georges and Thomson (2010) however this was later deemed in error by the authors and was argued against by Rhodin et al., (2010) with the support of the authors. Hence it has been returned to the Elseya. The species Elseya schultzei has also long been seen as synonymous with this species however recent studies have shown this to be incorrect. There for the species was recently resurrected and removed from the synonymy of this species.
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