giant musk turtle ( ) is a Staurotypus salvinii species of kinosternid turtle endemic to Central America.
Geographic range [ edit ]
It is found in
Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico ( Chiapas and Oaxaca).
Etymology [ edit ]
specific name, salvinii, is in honor of English naturalist and herpetologist Osbert Salvin. [2 ]
Description [ edit ]
They are typically much larger than other species of
musk turtle, attaining sizes of up to 36 cm (14 inches) carapace length, with males being significantly smaller than females. They are typically brown, black, or green in color, with a yellow underside. Their carapace is distinguished by three distinct ridges, or keels which run its length.
Like other musk turtle species, they are
carnivorous, eating various types of aquatic invertebrates, as well as fish and carrion.
References [ edit ]
^ Fritz, Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology 57 (2): 260–261. ISSN 18640-5755. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17 . Retrieved 29 May 2012.
^ Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore. xiii + 312 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ( Staurotypus salvinii, p. 232.)
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Further reading [ edit ]
Gray, J.E. 1864. Description of a New Species of Staurotypus (S. salvinii) from Guatemala. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1864: 127–128.