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, 1874:128)[2]
  • Platemys novaeguineae Meyer, 1874:128[2]
  • Emydura novaeguineae Boulenger, 1888
  • 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)[4] however this was later deemed in error by the authors and was argued against by Rhodin et al., (2010)[5] 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk, P.P., Iverson, J.B., Rhodin, A.G.J., Shaffer, H.B., and Bour, R.]. 2014. Turtles of the world, 7th edition: annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution with maps, and conservation status. In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Pritchard, P.C.H., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Iverson, J.B., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs 5(7):000.329–479, doi:10.3854/ crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014.
  2. ^ a b Meyer, Adolf Bernhard. 1874. Eine Mittheilung über die von mir auf Neu-Guinea und den Inseln Jobi, Mysore und Mafoor im Jahre 1873 gesammelten Amphibien. Monatsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 39:128–140.
  3. ^ Fritz Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 329–330. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Georges, A. & Thomson, S. 2010. Diversity of Australasian freshwater turtles, with an annotated synonymy and keys to species. Zootaxa 2496: 1–37.
  5. ^ 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