Northern Chinese softshell turtle

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Pelodiscus maackii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Trionychidae
Subfamily: Trionychinae
Genus: Pelodiscus
Species: P. maackii
Binomial name
Pelodiscus maackii
(Brandt, 1857)
Synonyms [1]
  • Trionyx maackii
    Brandt, 1857
  • Amyda maackii
    Stejneger, 1907
  • Trionyx maachii
    Stanley, 1914 (ex errore)
  • Trionyx maaki
    Chkhikvadze, 1987 (ex errore)
  • Pelodiscus maackii
    David, 1994

Pelodiscus maackii, commonly known as the Amur softshell turtle[2] or the northern Chinese softshell turtle, is a species of turtle found in the Russian Far East, northeastern China, and Korea.


The specific name, maackii, is in honor of Russian naturalist Richard Maack.[2]


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 318–319. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Pelodiscus maackii, p. 164).

Further reading[edit]

  • Brandt JF. 1857. "Observationes quaedam ad generis Trionychum species duas novas spectantes ". Bulletin de la Classe Physico-Mathématique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de Saint-Pétersbourg 16: 110-111. (Trionyx maackii, new species). (in Latin).
  • Stejneger L. 1907. Herpetology of Japan and Adjacent Territory. Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum Bulletin 58. Washington, District of Columbia: Government Printing Office. xx + 577 pp. (Amyda maackii, p. 529).