Big-headed Amazon River turtle

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Big-headed Amazon River turtle
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Podocnemididae
Genus: Peltocephalus
Duméril & Bibron, 1835 [2]
Species: P. dumerilianus
Binomial name
Peltocephalus dumerilianus
(Schweigger, 1812) [3]
Synonyms [1][4]
  • Chelys lata Gray, 1831
  • Chelys dumerilliana Gray, 1831
  • Emys dumeriliana Schweigger, 1812
  • Emys icterocephala Gray, 1831
  • Emys macrocephala Spix, 1824
  • Emys tracaxa Spix, 1824
  • Peltocephalus dumeriliana Schweigger, 1812
  • Podocnemis Dumeriliana Duméril & Bibron, 1835
  • Podocnemis tracaxa Boulenger, 1889

The big-headed Amazon River turtle[4] or big-headed sideneck (Peltocephalus dumerilianus) is a species of turtle in the family Podocnemididae. It is monotypic within the genus Peltocephalus.[2] It is found in Brazil (Amazonas, Pará), Colombia, French Guiana, Venezuela, Ecuador, and possibly Peru.[4]


  1. ^ a b Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (1996). Peltocephalus dumeriliana. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Peltocephalus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  3. ^ "Peltocephalus dumerilianus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  4. ^ a b c Peltocephalus dumerilianus, Reptile Database