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Emys orbicularis.jpg
European pond turtle
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Emydidae
Subfamily: Emydinae
Genus: Emys
A.M.C. Duméril, 1805[1]
Emys distribution.svg
  Range of Emys trinacris.
  Range of Emys blandingii.
  Range of Emys orbicularis.
  Range of Emys marmorata.

Emys is a small genus of turtles in the family Emydidae. The genus (sensu lato) is endemic to Europe and North America.


The following five species may be assigned to the genus Emys (sensu lato).[2]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Emys.


The eastern North American species, E. blandingii, is sometimes separated into its own genus, Emydoidea. Similarly, the western North American species, E. marmorata and E. pallida, are sometimes assigned to their own genus, Actinemys.[6]


  1. ^ Rhodin 2010, p. 000.104
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-11-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e Rhodin 2010, pp. 000.104-000.106
  4. ^ "Emys trinacris ". reptarium.cz.
  5. ^ "Emys blandingii ". reptarium.cz.
  6. ^ Rhodin 2011, pp. 000.185

Further reading[edit]

  • Duméril AMC (1805). Zoologie analytique, ou méthode naturelle de classification des animaux, rendue plus facile a l'aide de tableaux synoptiques. Paris: Allais. (H.L. Perronneau, printer). xxxiii + 544 pp. (Emys, new genus, pp. 76-77). (in French).