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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.[1] Three additional species are only known from fossils.


These species are extant.

Fossil species[edit]

The following three species are 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.