Chelydrops

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Chelydrops
Temporal range: Miocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Clade: Americhelydia
Family: Chelydridae
Genus: Chelydrops
Peters, 1868
Species: C. stricta
Binomial name
Chelydrops stricta
(Matthew, 1924)

Chelydrops is an extinct genus of Chelydridae from Miocene of North America. Only one species is described, Chelydrops stricta (Matthew, 1924).

The genus was considered by Hutchison (2008) to be a junior synonym of the genus Macrochelys, containing the alligator snapping turtle; Hutchison transferred the species C. stricta to the genus Macrochelys.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ J. Howard Hutchison (2008). "History of fossil Chelydridae". In A.C. Styermark; M.S. Finkler; R.J. Brooks. Biology of the Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 14–30. 
  • Carroll, R. L. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W. H Freeman Company, 1988.