Rio Grande cooter

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Rio Grande cooter
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Emydidae
Subfamily: Deirochelyinae
Genus: Pseudemys
Species: P. gorzugi
Binomial name
Pseudemys gorzugi
Ward, 1984[1]
  • Pseudemys concinna gorzugi
    Ward, 1984
  • Pseudemys gorzugi
    — Ernst, 1990

The Rio Grande cooter (Pseudemys gorzugi ) is a species of turtle in the family Emydidae.


The Rio Grande cooter is found in the Rio Grande drainage of Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas), New Mexico, and Texas.[1][2]


The specific name, gorzugi, is in honor of George R. Zug, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, National Museum of Natural History.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Rhodin 2011, p. 000.181
  2. ^ a b Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 195. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Beltz, Ellin. 2006. Scientific and Common Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America — Explained.
  4. ^ 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. (Pseudemys gorzugi, pp. 104, 294).

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