New Guinea snapping turtle

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New Guinea snapping turtle
Myuchelys novaeguineae.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Subfamily: Chelodininae
Genus: Elseya
Species: E. novaeguineae
Binomial name
Elseya novaeguineae
(Meyer, 1874)[1]
  • Platemys novaeguineae Meyer, 1874
  • Emydura novaeguineae Boulenger, 1888
  • Elseya schultzei Vogt, 1911[1]
  • Elseya novaeguineae Goode, 1967
  • Elseya latisternum novaeguineae Blackmore, 1969
  • Elseya novaeguinea Burbidge, Kirsch & Main, 1974 (ex errore)
  • Emydura novaequineae Nutaphand, 1979 (ex errore)
  • Elseya dentata novaeguineae Obst, 1985

The New Guinea snapping turtle (Elseya novaeguineae) is a species of turtle in the Chelidae family. It is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

This species was recently moved from Elseya to Myuchelys by Georges and Thomson (2010)[3] however this was later deemed in error by the authors and was argued against by Rhodin et al., (2010)[4] with the support of the authors. Hence it has been returned to the Elseya.


  1. ^ a b c Rhodin 2011, p. 000.211
  2. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 329–330. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Georges, A. & Thomson, S. 2010. Diversity of Australasian freshwater turtles, with an annotated synonymy and keys to species. Zootaxa 2496: 1–37.
  4. ^ Anders G.J. Rhodin, Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, and H. Bradley Shaffer. 2010. Turtles of the World, 2010 Update: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status

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