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Elseya schultzei (VOGT, 1911)

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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesE: Northern New Guinea Stream Turtle, Schultze’s Snapping Turtle 
SynonymEmydura schultzei VOGT 1911
Emydura schultzei — WERMUTH & MERTENS 1977
Elseya schultzei — GEORGES & THOMSON 2003
Emydura schultzei — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007
Elseya schultzei — TTWG 2014: 432
Elseya (Hanwarachelys) schultzei — THOMSON et al. 2015
Elseya (Hanwarachelys) schultzei — TTWG 2017: 195 
DistributionN Papua New Guinea

Type locality: river west of mouth of Tami River, new Guinea, (2 ̊37'S,140 ̊54'E).  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 22182 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Eyes typically green in the sclera with a bright gold iris which is distinct. Head shield entire, extending down the parietal arches to broadly contact the tympanum. Head shield narrower than in Elseya novaeguineae but wider than in E. rhodini. No contact between the vomer and the pterygoids of the skull, distinguishing the species from E. rhodini [from THOMSON et al. 2015].
CommentSynonymy: GOODE (1967) synonymized E. schultzei with Emydura (= Elseya) novaeguineae and Emydura subglobosa and Emydura albertisii with Emydura krefftii. Listed as synonym of Elseya (as Myuchelys) novaeguineae by GEORGES & THOMSON 2010.

Distribution: Elseya schultzei occurs north of the PNG mountain range, Elseya novaeguineae in the western part of West Papua, and Elseya rhodini to the south of the central ranges of PNG and West Papua. See map in THOMSON et al. 2015: Fig. 1.

Habitat: freshwater (rivers, swamps) 
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  • Fritz, U. & Havas, P. 2007. CHECKLIST OF CHELONIANS OF THE WORLD. Vertebrate Zoology 57(2): 149-368 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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
  • TTWG [Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour] 2014. Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - 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
  • Vogt,T. 1911. Reptilien und Amphibien aus Neu-Guinea. Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturf. Freunde 1911 (9): 410-420
  • Wermuth, H., and R. Mertens. 1977. Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien. Testudines, Crocodylia, Rhynchocephalia. Das Tierreich. Berlin. 100: i-xxvii, 1-174
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