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Podocnemis unifilis.jpg
Yellow-spotted river turtle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Pleurodira
Family: Podocnemididae
Genus: Podocnemis
Wagler 1830

6 sp., see text

Podocnemis is a genus of aquatic turtles commonly known as South American river turtles. The genus consists of six extant species occurring in tropical South America. Three additional species are only known from fossils.


† Extinct

Cast of the skull of the extinct species P. bassleri (AMNH 1662)


  1. ^ Podocnemis, The Reptile Database
  2. ^ a b Wood, R.C. (1997). Turtles. In Kay, R. F., Madden, R. H., Cifelli, R. L. y J. J. Flynn (eds)., Vertebrate Paleontology in the Neotropics. The Miocene Fauna of La Venta, Colombia. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.