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)
Synonyms[1]
  • 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]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Description[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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