Phrynops geoffroanus

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Phrynops geoffroanus
Phrynops geoffroanus - Zoo Frankfurt.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Chelidae
Subfamily: Chelinae
Genus: Phrynops
Species: P. geoffroanus
Binomial name
Phrynops geoffroanus
(Schweigger, 1812)[1]

Phrynops geoffroanus, commonly known as Geoffroy’s toadhead turtle or Geoffroy’s side-necked turtle, is a species of large side-necked turtle endemic to South America.


The specific name, geoffroanus, is in honor of French naturalist Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

P. geoffroanus is found in southwestern Venezuela, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, and eastern Peru, southward and eastward through southwestern Brazil and northern Bolivia to Paraguay and northeastern Argentina, then northward through eastern Brazil. It also occurs in eastern Venezuela, and in adjacent Guyana.


  1. ^ Schweigger, Augustus F. 1812. "Prodromus monographiae Cheloniorum". Königsberger Archiv für Naturwissenschaft und Mathematik 1: 271–368, 406–462.
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 340–341. ISSN 1864-5755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ van Dijk, Peter Paul; Iverson, John B; Shaffer, H. Bradley; Bour, Roger; Rhodin, Anders G.J. 2012. Turtles of the World, 2012 Update: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status. Chelonian Research Monographs (5): 000.243–000.328.
  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. (Phrynops geoffroanus, p. 99).

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