Adanson's mud turtle

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Adanson's mud turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Pelomedusidae
Genus: Pelusios
Species: P. adansonii
Binomial name
Pelusios adansonii
(Schweigger, 1812)[1][2]
  • Emys adansonii Schweigger, 1812
  • Chelys (Hydraspis) adamsonii Gray in Griffith & Pidgeon, 1831 (ex errore)
  • Hydraspis adansoniiGray, 1831
  • Pentonyx andansonii Duméril & Bibron, 1835 (ex errore)
  • Pelomedusa adansoniiGray, 1844
  • Sternotherus adansoniiDuméril & Bibron, 1851
  • Sternothaerus adansoniiGray, 1856
  • Pentonyx adansoniiBoulenger, 1889
  • Pelusios adansoniiSchmidt, 1919
  • Pelusios adansoni Mertens, Müller & Rust, 1934 (ex errore)
  • Pelusios adansonii adansoniiWermuth & Mertens, 1977
  • Pelusios adansoni adansoniObst, 1985

Adanson’s mud turtle, Pelusios adansonii, is a species of turtle in the family Pelomedusidae. It is endemic to central Africa.


It is found in Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, and Sudan.[1] Adanson's mud turtle does not seem to be under any threat for becoming an endangered species.[3]


Adanson's mud turtle is a medium-sized turtle that lives in freshwater. The turtle's shell can grow up to 238 mm and is known to be sharp and rigid. The shell also has dark brown spots and dashes. The ventral part of the shell is yellow.[3]


A refuge for Adanson's mud turtle has taken place in the wetland area on the northwest side of Guiers Lake in northern Senegal and it covers about 750 acres. It is the first refuge of its kind that is dedicated to the conservation of Adanson's mud turtle and its nesting and foraging habits. It was created with the help of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA Africa) and the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection of Senegal.[4]


  1. ^ a b Rhodin, Anders G. J.; van Dijk, Peter Paul; Inverson, John B.; Shaffer, H. Bradley; Roger, Bour (2011). "Turtles of the world, 2011 update: Annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution and conservation status". Chelonian Research Monographs. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-22. 
  2. ^ a b Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007-10-31). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Archived from the original (pdf) on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ a b "Summary – Pelusios adansonii". IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Adanson's Mud Terrapin (Pelusios adansonii)". Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

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