African softshell turtle

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African softshell turtle
Trionyx triunguis (29645604596).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Genus: Trionyx
Species: T. triunguis
Binomial name
Trionyx triunguis
(Forskål, 1775)[1]
  • Testudo triunguis Forsskål, 1775
  • Testudo striata Suckow, 1798
  • Trionyx egyptiacus Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1809
  • Trionyx aegyptiacus Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1809
  • Amyda triunguis Oken, 1816
  • Aspidonectes aegyptiacus Wagler, 1830
  • Trionyx niloticus Gray, 1831
  • Gymnopodus aegyptiacus Duméril & Bibron, 1835
  • Trionyx (Pelodiscus) labiatus Fitzinger, 1835
  • Tyrse nilotica Gray, 1844
  • Trionyx mortoni Hallowell, 1844
  • Aspidonectes aspilus Cope, 1860
  • Fordia africana Gray, 1869
  • Trionyx triunguis Peters, 1876
  • Gymnopus aspilus Rochebrune, 1884
  • Gymnopus aegyptiacus Boulenger, 1889
  • Pelodiscus triunguis Baur, 1893
  • Aspidonectes triunguis Hay, 1904
  • Pelodiscus labiatus Hay, 1904
  • Tyrse triunguis Hay, 1904
  • Trionyx triunguis rudolfianus Deraniyagala, 1948
  • Amyda triunguis rudolfianus Mertens & Wermuth, 1955
  • Amyda triunguis triunguis Mertens & Wermuth, 1955
  • Trionyx aegypticus Młynarski, 1969 (ex errore)
  • Trionyx triungus Gosławski & Hryniewicz, 1993 (ex errore)
  • Trionix triunguis Richard, 1999

The African softshell turtle or Nile softshell turtle (Trionyx triunguis) is a large species of turtle from fresh-water and brackish habitats in Africa (larger parts of East, West and Middle Africa) and the Near East (Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey).[1] It is the only extant species from the genus Trionyx, but in the past many other softshell turtles were placed in this genus; they have now been moved to various other genera.[1] Despite the name "African softshell turtle", it is not the only species or genus of softshell turtle in Africa (the genera Cyclanorbis and Cycloderma are also African).[1]

A captive African softshell turtle


  1. ^ a b c d Rhodin, Anders G. J.; Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Inverson & Bradley H. Shaffer (December 14, 2010). "Turtles of the World 2010 Update: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution and Conservation Status" (PDF). p. 000.128. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 15, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Peter Havaš (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 322–323. 

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