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Elseya novaeguineae (MEYER, 1874)

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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesWestern New Guinea Stream Turtle 
SynonymPlatemys novae-guineae MEYER 1874
Emydura novae-guineae — BOULENGER 1888
Elseya novaeguineae — GOODE 1967
Elseya latisternum novaeguineae — BLACKMORE 1969
Emydura novaeguineae — WERMUTH & MERTENS 1977
Elseya dentata novaeguineae — OBST 1985
Elseya novaeguineae — BONIN et al 2006
Myuchelys novaeguineae — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Elseya novaeguineae — RHODIN et al. 2012
Elseya (Hanwarachelys) novaeguineae — THOMSON et al. 2015 
DistributionIndonesia, Papua New Guinea (West Papua, Waigeo Island, Aru Islands)

Type locality: Passim, NW New Guinea (1 ̊41'S,134 ̊05'E)  
TypesHolotype: MTKD D8222, according to Obst 1976 
CommentStatus unclear; recent authors don't mention this species any more. McDowell 1983 considered this a synonym of Elseya dentata. FRITZ & BAUR (1995) report vital hybrids between Emydura subglobosa and Elseya novaeguineae and between Emydura subglobosa and Chelodina longicollis.

Synonymy: GOODE (1967) synonymized E. schultzei with Emydura (= Elseya) novaeguineae and Emydura subglobosa and Emydura albertisii with Emydura krefftii.

Phylogenetics: Molecular work of Georges et al. 2014 demonstrated deep phylogeny between 3 populations of Elseya novaeguineae complex, leading to the resurrection of E. schultzei and description of Elseya rhodini and this groups placement in a new subgenus Hawarachelys by Thomson et al, 2015.

Type species: Platemys novae-guineae MEYER 1874 is the type species of the subgenus Hanwarachelys.

Distribution: see map in THOMSON et al. 2015: Fig. 1. 
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