Elseya schultzei (VOGT, 1911)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Elseya schultzei?
|Higher Taxa||Chelidae, Chelodininae, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||Northern New Guinea Stream Turtle, Schultze’s Snapping Turtle|
|Synonym||Emydura 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
|Distribution||N Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: river west of mouth of Tami River, new Guinea, (2 ̊37'S,140 ̊54'E). Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 22182|
|Comment||Synonymy: 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.
Diagnosis: 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].
Habitat: freshwater (rivers, swamps)
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