Pascagoula map turtle

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Pascagoula map turtle
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Graptemys
G. gibbonsi
Binomial name
Graptemys gibbonsi
Lovich & McCoy, 1992
Graptemys gibbonsi map.png
Combined range map of Pascagoula map turtle (eastern blue section) and Pearl River map turtle (western blue section)
  • Graptemys gibbonsi
    Lovich & McCoy, 1992
  • Graptemys pulchra gibbonsi
    Artner, 2003
  • Graptemys gibbousi
    Obst, 2003
    (ex errore)

The Pascagoula map turtle (Graptemys gibbonsi ) is a species of turtle in the family Emydidae. The species is endemic to the southern United States.

Geographic range[edit]

The Pascagoula map turtle is restricted to the Pascagoula River in the United States. It formerly included a population in the Pearl River, but in 2010, that population was described as a separate species, the Pearl River map turtle, Graptemys pearlensis.[3] The Pascagoula map turtle shares its range with the yellow-blotched map turtle, G. flavimaculata.


The specific name, gibbonsi, is in honor of American herpetologist "Whit" Gibbons.[4]


  1. ^ van Dijk PP (2011). "Graptemys gibbonsi ". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2011: e.T184436A97294046. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-1.RLTS.T184436A8275938.en. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World" (PDF). Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 187. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ Ennen, Joshua R.; Lovich, Jeffrey E.; Kreiser, Brian R.; Selman, W.; Qualls, Carl P. (2010). "Genetic and Morphological Variation Between Populations of the Pascagoula Map Turtle (Graptemys gibbonsi) in the Pearl and Pascagoula Rivers with Description of a New Species". Chelonian Conservation and Biology 9 (1): 98–113.
  4. ^ 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. (Graptemys gibbonsi, p. 100).

Further reading[edit]

  • Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (1996). Graptemys gibbonsi. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 July 2007.
  • Lovich JE, McCoy CJ (1992). "Review of the Graptemys pulchra Group (Reptilia: Testudines: Emydidae), with Descriptions of Two New Species". Annals of Carnegie Museum 61 (4): 293-315. ("Graptemys gibbonsi, new species", pp. 302–304, Figures 6-7).