Magdalena River turtle

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Magdalena River turtle
Magdalena River Turtle (Podocnemis lewyana), Medellin.jpg
From Medellin, Colombia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Podocnemididae
Genus: Podocnemis
Species: P. lewyana
Binomial name
Podocnemis lewyana
Duméril, 1852
Podocnemis lewyana
Range in red

Podocnemis coutinhii Göldi, 1886

The Magdalena River turtle or Rio Magdalena river turtle[2] (Podocnemis lewyana) is a species of turtle in the Podocnemididae family. It is endemic to Colombia, where it is confined to the Magdalena River basin.[2]

The species has been classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN due to rapid population losses caused by habitat destruction (principally by dams) and traditional and commercial exploitation.[1]



  1. ^ a b Páez, V., Gallego-Garcia, N. & Restrepo, A. (2016). "Podocnemis lewyana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T17823A1528580. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Podocnemis lewyana, Reptile Database