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Chelodina kuchlingi CANN, 1997

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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesKuchling’s Snake-necked Turtle 
SynonymChelodina kuchlingi CANN 1997
Chelodina kuchlingi CANN 1998
Chelodina kuchlingi — COGGER 2000: 738
Macrochelodina kuchlingi — ARTNER 2003
Chelodina kuchlingi — BONIN et al 2006
Macrochelodina kuchlingi — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007
Chelodina kuchlingi — WILSOIN & SWAN 2010
Chelodina (Macrochelodina) kuchlingi — TTWG 2014 
DistributionNW Australia

Type locality: “said to come from Kalumburu” (14°18'S x 126°28'E).  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: WAM R29411 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (kuchlingi): M. kuchlingi is similar to those freshwater turtles from northern Australia referred to as Chelodina rugosa, which (fomprise several species. Chelodina kuchlingi has a round head in: profile and an evenly oval and light fawn coloured carapace which easily distinguishes it from those Chelodina rugosa-like turtles in the Kimberley and Arnhem Land regions. These turtles have a wedge shaped head in profile and an oblong shaped and very dark, almost black coloured carapace. Chelodina kuchlingi can be distinguished from those populations currently assigned to Chelodina rugosa in the lowland waterways of the Northern Territory and Queensland by the shape and texture of the carapace. The carapace is similarly coloured in the two species but the shell of Chelodina kuchlingi is rounded and the shields have radiating rugosities whereas Chelodina rugosa is pear or oblong shaped and smooth [from CANN 1997].
 
CommentSynonymy: Chelodina kuchlingi Cann, 1997c was described from a single specimen of uncertain origin with a long history of captivity and so is treated as a junior synonym of C. rugosa (Georges & Thomson, 2006). The 1998 book by CANN says "A new species of long-necked turtle is described here, from the Kimberley region of north-west Australia", implying that the 1998 description was the first although the 1997 paper was published first. Not listed by COGGER 2014, but Scott Thomson (pers. comm. 7 Nov 2015) considers it as valid for the time being, but says its status is not really clear.

Habitat: freshwater (rivers, swamps) 
Etymology 
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