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Elseya albagula THOMSON, GEORGES & LIMPUS, 2006

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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesWhite-throated Snapping Turtle 
SynonymElseya stirlingi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 (nomen dubium)
Elseya albagula THOMSON, GEORGES & LIMPUS 2006
Elseya dentata albagula — ARTNER 2008
Elseya albagula — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Elseya (Pelocomastes) albagula — THOMSON et al. 2015
Elseya (Pelocomastes) albagula — TTWG 2017: 195 
DistributionAustralia (E Queensland)

Type locality: plunge pool at the downstream side of the Ned
Churchwood Weir, Burnett River, Queensland, Australia
(25°03’ S, 152°05’ E).  
TypesHolotype: QM J81785, adult female collected by Duncan Limpus on 24 October 2004. 
CommentSynonymy: Elseya stirlingi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 is a subjective senior synonym and nomen dubium fide IVERSON et al. 2001. See also Elseya irwini.

Habitat: freshwater (rivers, swamps) 
EtymologyThe name albagula is derived from the Latin adjective ‘‘alba’’ meaning white (feminine) and the noun ‘‘gula’’ for throat, which is also feminine. Hence the name means ‘‘white throat,’’ and refers to the white or cream throat commonly seen in adult females of this species. 
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  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Georges, A. & Thomson, S. 2010. Diversity of Australasian freshwater turtles, with an annotated synonymy and keys to species. Zootaxa 2496: 1–37 - get paper here
  • HAMANN, M., SCHÄUBLE, C.S., EMERICK, S.P., LIMPUS, D.J. & LIMPUS, C.J. 2008. Freshwater turtle populations in the Burnett River. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52 (2): 221-232 - get paper here
  • Thomson, S.; Amepou, Y., Anamiato, J. & Georges, A. 2015. A new species and subgenus of Elseya (Testudines: Pleurodira: Chelidae) from New Guinea Zootaxa 4006 (1): 059–082 - get paper here
  • Thomson, Scott, Arthur Georges and Colin J. Limpus 2006. A new species of freshwater turtle in the genus Elseya (Testudines: Chelidae) from Central Coastal Queensland, Australia. Chelonian Conserv. Biol. 5 (1): 74-86.
  • Todd, Erica V.; David Blair, Sharon Farley, Lachlan Farrington, Nancy N. FitzSimmons, Arthur Georges, Colin J. Limpus and Dean R. Jerry 2013. Contemporary genetic structure reflects historical drainage isolation in an Australian snapping turtle, Elseya albagula. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 169 (1): 200–214 - get paper here
  • TTWG; Anders G.J. Rhodin, John B. iverson, Roger Bour, Uwe Fritz, Arthur GeoRges, H. BRadley Shaffer, and Peter Paul van Dijk 2017. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (8th Ed.). In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Pritchard, P.C.H., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Ed Chelonian Research Monographs 7:1–292. doi: 10.3854/crm.7.checklist.atlas.v8.2017 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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