Spotted box turtle

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Spotted box turtle
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Family: Emydidae
Genus: Terrapene
Species: T. nelsoni
Binomial name
Terrapene nelsoni
Stejneger, 1925
Terrapene nelsoni nelsoni
  • Terrapene nelsoni
    Stejneger, 1925
  • Terrapene nelsoni nelsoni
    Mertens & Wermuth, 1955
  • Terrepene nelsoni
    — Pawley, 1971
  • Terapene nelsoni Nietzke, 1973
Terrapene nelsoni klauberi
  • Terrapene klauberi Bogert, 1943
  • Terrapene nelsoni klauberi
    — Mertens & Wermuth, 1955
  • Terapene klauberi
    — Nietzke, 1973

The spotted box turtle (Terrapene nelsoni ) is a species of turtle in the family Emydidae. The species is endemic to the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico.


The specific name, nelsoni, is in honor of American biologist Edward William Nelson.[2]


Two subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies (listed in alphabetical order by subspecific name).[3]


  1. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of Chelonians of the World". Vertebrate Zoology. 57 (2): 200. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ 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. (Terrapene nelsoni, p. 188).
  3. ^ "Terrapene nelsoni ". The Reptile Database.


Further reading[edit]

Stejneger L (1925). "New species and subspecies of American turtles". J. Washington Acad. Sci. 15 (20): 462-463. (Terrapene nelsoni, new species, p. 463).