Williams' mud turtle

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Williams' mud turtle
William's African Mud Turtle (Pelusios williamsi) (7080593585).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Pelomedusidae
Genus: Pelusios
Species: P. williamsi
Binomial name
Pelusios williamsi[1][2]
Laurent, 1965[1][2]


Williams' mud turtle (Pelusios williamsi ) is a species of turtle in the family Pelomedusidae. The species is endemic to Africa.


The specific name, williamsi, is in honor of American herpetologist Ernest E. Williams.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

P. williamsi is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.[1]


  • P. w. williamsi Laurent, 1956 - Lake Victoria mud turtle
  • P. w. laurenti Bour, 1984 - Ukerewe Island mud turtle
  • P. w. lutescens Laurent, 1956 - Albert Nile mud turtle[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Rhodin 2011, p. 000.216.
  2. ^ a b c Fritz 2007, p. 350.
  3. ^ 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. (Pelusios williamsi, p. 286).


Further reading[edit]

  • Bour R (1984). "Note sur Pelusios williamsi Laurent, 1965 (Chelonii, Pelomedusinae) ". Revue Française d'Aquariologie 11: 27-32. (Pelusios williamsi laurenti, new subspecies). (in French).
  • Laurent RF (1965). "A Contribution to the Knowledge of the Genus Pelusios (Wagler)". Annales de Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, Sciences Zoologiques, Tervuren, Belgium, Eighth Series (135): 1-33. (Pelusios williamsi, new species, p. 12; P. w. lutescens, new subspecies, p. 16).