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Midland painted turtle (Chrysemys picta marginata) a species of the family Emydidae in the Testudinoidea superfamily
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Suborder: Cryptodira
Clade: Durocryptodira
Clade: Pantestudinoidea
Superfamily: Testudinoidea
Fitzinger, 1826[1]

Testudinoidea is a superfamily within the suborder Cryptodira of the order Testudines. It includes the pond turtles (Family: Emydidae), Asian turtles (Family: Geoemydidae), the monotypic big-headed turtle (Family: Platysternidae), and the tortoises (Family: Testudinidae).


A 2021 study found the clade to be divided into two extant groups: Testuguria, containing Geoemydidae and Testudinidae; and Emysternia, containing Emydidae and Platysternidae. The extinct Lindholmemydidae, formerly classified in Testudinoidea, may fall outside the crown group of Testudinoidea, although there is not yet enough evidence for this.[2]


  1. ^ Rhodin 2011, p. 000.178
  2. ^ Joyce, Walter G.; Anquetin, Jérémy; Cadena, Edwin-Alberto; Claude, Julien; Danilov, Igor G.; Evers, Serjoscha W.; Ferreira, Gabriel S.; Gentry, Andrew D.; Georgalis, Georgios L.; Lyson, Tyler R.; Pérez-García, Adán (2021-02-09). "A nomenclature for fossil and living turtles using phylogenetically defined clade names". Swiss Journal of Palaeontology. 140 (1): 5. Bibcode:2021SwJP..140....5J. doi:10.1186/s13358-020-00211-x. hdl:11336/155192. ISSN 1664-2384.