Chaco side-necked turtle

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Chaco side-necked turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Subfamily: Chelinae
Genus: Acanthochelys
Species: A. pallidipectoris
Binomial name
Acanthochelys pallidipectoris
(Freiberg, 1945)[2]
  • Platemys pallidipectoris Freiberg, 1945:15[2]
  • Acanthochelys pallidipectoris Iverson, 1986[3]

The Chaco side-necked turtle or Chaco sideneck turtle (Acanthochelys pallidipectoris) is a species of turtle in the Chelidae family. It is found in Argentina, Paraguay, and possibly Bolivia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. The turtle possesses long horny spurs on its upper thighs. It is 18 cm in shell length. Like other members of its genus, the turtle bruies itself in the mud when the streams run dry, a behaviour possibly parallel to the winter hibernating behaviours of turtles further north.


  1. ^ Tortoise & Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (1996). "Acanthochelys pallidipectoris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Freiberg, M.A. 1945. Una nueva especie de tortuga del genero Platemys Wagler. Physis 20:19–23.
  3. ^ Iverson, J.B. 1986. A Checklist with Distribution Maps of the Turtles of the World. Paust Printing, Richmond, Indiana. viii + 282 pp.
  4. ^ Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [van Dijk, P.P., Iverson, J.B., Rhodin, A.G.J., Shaffer, H.B., and Bour, R.]. 2014. Turtles of the world, 7th edition: annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution with maps, and conservation status. In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Pritchard, P.C.H., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Iverson, J.B., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Conservation Biology of Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises: A Compilation Project of the IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. Chelonian Research Monographs 5(7):000.329–479, doi:10.3854/ crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014.
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