Rafetus

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Rafetus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclass: Tetrapoda
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Anapsida
Order: Testudines
Superfamily: Trionychia
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Trionychinae
Genus: Rafetus
Species

2 or 3, see text

Rafetus is a genus of highly endangered softshell turtles in the Trionychidae family. These large turtles are found in freshwater habitats in Asia. According to most taxonomists, the genus contains the following 2 species:

A third species, the Hoan Kiem turtle (Rafetus leloii, syn. R. vietnamensis), known from one living specimen, has been proposed as a species. It is considered a junior synonym of Rafetus swinhoei by most authorities,[1] but some Vietnamese scientists insist the two forms are not identical.

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Cladogram[edit]

As Walter G. Joyce, Ariel Revan, Tyler R. Lyson and Igor G. Danilov (2009)[2]

 Trionychidae 

 Cyclanorbinae 

Cyclanorbis




Cycloderma



Lissemys




 †Plastomeninae 

Hutchemys



Plastomenus




 Trionychinae 



Trionyx




Chitra



Pelochelys






Apalone



Rafetus







Amyda



Aspideretes



Nilssonia





Dogania



Palea



Pelodiscus






Distribution[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Farkas, B and Webb, R.G. 2003. Rafetus leloii Hà Dinh Dúc, 2000—an invalid species of softshell turtle from Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam (Reptilia, Testudines, Trionychidae). Zool. Abhandl. (Dresden), 53: 107-112.
  2. ^ Walter G. Joyce, Ariel Revan, Tyler R. Lyson, Igor G. Danilov (2009). "Two New Plastomenine Softshell Turtles from the Paleocene of Montana and Wyoming". Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 50 (2): 307–325. doi:10.3374/014.050.0202. 
  3. ^ European Reptile & Amphibian Specialist Group (1996). "Rafetus euphraticus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 
  4. ^ Buhlmann, K., Rhodin, A. & van Dijk, P.P. (Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Red List Authority) (2000). "Rafetus swinhoei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 

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