Big-headed Amazon River turtle

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Peltocephalus dumerilianus
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Podocnemididae
Genus: Peltocephalus
A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1835 [2]
Species: P. dumerilianus
Binomial name
Peltocephalus dumerilianus
(Schweigger, 1812) [3]
Synonyms [1][4]
  • Emys dumeriliana
    Schweigger, 1812
  • Emys macrocephala Spix, 1824
  • Emys tracaxa Spix, 1824
  • Chelys (Hydraspis) lata
    Gray in Griffith, 1831
  • Emys icterocephala
    Gray in Griffith, 1831
  • Chelys (Hydraspis) dumerilliana [sic] — Gray, 1831
  • Podocnemis dumeriliana
    A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1835
  • Peltocephalus tracaxa
    — A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1835
  • Podocnemis tracaxa
    Boulenger, 1889
  • Peltocephalus dumeriliana
    Obst, 1985
  • Peltocephalus dumerilianus
    Gorzula & Señaris, 1999

Peltocephalus dumerilianus, commonly known as the big-headed Amazon River turtle[4] or the big-headed sideneck, is a species of turtle in the family Podocnemididae. The species is monotypic within the genus Peltocephalus.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, dumerilianus, is in honor of French herpetologist André Marie Constant Duméril.[5]

Geographic range[edit]

P. dumerilianus is found in Brazil (Amazonas, Pará), Colombia, French Guiana, Venezuela, Ecuador, and possibly Peru.[4]

References[edit]

  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.
  5. ^ 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. (Peltocephalus dumeriliana, p. 77).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1889. Catalogue of the Chelonians, Rhynchocephalians, and Crocodiles in the British Museum (Natural History). New Edition. London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). x + 311 pp. + Plates I-III. (Podocnemis tracaxa, p. 206).
  • Schweigger [AF]. 1812. "Prodromus Monographia Cheloniorum ". Königsberger Archiv für Naturwissenschaft und Mathematik 1: 271-368, 406-458. (Emys dumeriliana, new species, p. 300). (in Latin).