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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Southern Painted Turtle
G: Südliche Zierschildkröte, Rückenstreifen-Zierschildkröte 
SynonymChrysemys dorsalis AGASSIZ 1857: 439
Chrysemys cinerea var. dorsalis — BOULENGER 1889
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — BISHOP & SCHMIDT 1931
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — HULSE 1980
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 71
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — CROTHER 2000
Chrysemys dorsalis — STARKEY et al. 2003
Chrysemys dorsalis — MCCORD & JOSEPH-OUNI 2003
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — ERNST & LOVICH 2009
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — RHODIN et al. 2009
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — HENNNG 2011
Chrysemys dorsalis — CROTHER et al. 2012
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — HENNNG 2013
Chrysemys dorsalis — TTWG 2014
Chrysemys dorsalis — JENSEN et al. 2015
Chrysemys picta dorsalis — SEIDEL & ERNST 2017 
DistributionUSA (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas)

Type locality: vicinity of New Orleans, Louisiana (restricted by K.P. SCHMIDT 1953).  
Reproduction 
TypesSyntype: USNM 21 
Diagnosis 
CommentTaxonomy: STARKEY et al. (2003) suggested to elevate C. p. dorsalis to full species status. These authors also questioned the validity of the other subspecies. Because morphological intermediate specimens are known between C. dorsalis and C. p. picta, C. p. marginata, and C. p. bellii (Ernst, 1967, 1970, and others), the taxonomy of dorsalis is debatable (Reynolds et al. 2007, TTWG 2012).

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, rivers) 
EtymologyNamed after the prominent middorsal stripe on the carapace (the “dorsum”). 
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