New Guinea giant softshell turtle

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New Guinea giant softshell turtle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Trionychidae
Genus: Pelochelys
Species: P. bibroni
Binomial name
Pelochelys bibroni
(Owen, 1853)
  • Trionyx (Gymnopus) bibroni
    Owen, 1853
  • Pelochelys bibronii Gray, 1864
    (ex errore)
  • Pelochelys bibroni
    M.A. Smith, 1930
  • Triinyx bibroni — M.A. Smith, 1930
    (ex errore)

The New Guinea giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys bibroni) is a species of softshell turtle in the Trionychidae family.[2]


The specific name, bibroni, is in honor of French herpetologist Gabriel Bibron.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

P. bibroni is found in West Papua (Indonesia), and Papua New Guinea, but may also be found in Australia.


P. bibroni is the second largest species of freshwater turtle, surpassed in size only by Pelochelys cantorii.


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 317. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy and Synonymy, December 2010.
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Pelochelys bibroni, p. 25).

Further reading[edit]

  • Owen R. 1853. Descriptive Catalogue of the Osteological Series Contained in the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Volume I. Pisces, Reptilia, Aves, Marsupalia. London: Royal College of Surgeons. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xlv + 350 pp. ("Trionyx (Gymnopus) Bibroni", p. 185).

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