Namoi River snapping turtle

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Namoi River snapping turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Subfamily: Chelodininae
Genus: Myuchelys
Species: M. bellii
Binomial name
Myuchelys bellii
(Gray, 1844)[1][3]
  • Phrynops bellii Gray, 1844
  • Hydraspis bellii — Gray, 1855
  • Elseya bellii Cann, 1998
  • Wollumbinia bellii Wells, 2007
  • Myuchelys bellii
    Thomson & Georges, 2009

The Namoi River snapping turtle (Myuchelys bellii), also commonly known as Bell's turtle, Namoi River elseya, or Bell's saw-shelled turtle, is a species of turtle in the Chelidae family.[1][2][6] It is endemic to New South Wales, Australia.


The specific name, bellii, and some of the common names, are in honor of English zoologist Thomas Bell.[7]

Geographic range[edit]

M. bellii occurs in the upper reaches of the Namoi, Gwydir, Macdonald, and Severn Rivers in northern New South Wales, Australia.[2][4][8]


  1. ^ a b c Rhodin 2011, p. 000.213.
  2. ^ a b c "Elseya bellii (Bell's turtle, Bell's snapping surtle, Namoi River snapping turtle)". IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. Retrieved 13 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Gray, John Edward. 1844. Catalogue of the Tortoises, Crocodiles, and Amphisbænians, in the Collection of the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Edward Newman, printer). viii + 80 pp. (Phrynops bellii, pp. 41-42).
  4. ^ a b Fritz 2007, p. 328.
  5. ^ The Reptile Database.
  6. ^ "Approved Conservation Advice for Elseya belli (Bell’s turtle)" (PDF). 26 March 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Elseya bellii, p. 22).
  8. ^ Threatened Species of the New England Tablelands & NW Slopes of NSW, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, 2003, ISBN 0-7313-6673-5.

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