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Pelodiscus sinensis,
Chinese softshell turtle
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Trionychinae
Genus: Pelodiscus
Fitzinger, 1835[1]

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Pelodiscus is a genus of turtles in the family Trionychidae, the softshells.[1] Genetic analysis suggests that there are currently four valid species known to science.[2] They are native to Asia.


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


  1. ^ a b c d e f Rhodin 2010, pp. 000.127-000.128
  2. ^ Stuckas, H., & Fritz, U. (2011). Identity of Pelodiscus sinensis revealed by DNA sequences of an approximately 180‐year‐old type specimen and a taxonomic reappraisal of Pelodiscus species (Testudines: Trionychidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 49(4), 335-339.

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