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Emydura victoriae (GRAY, 1842)

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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesE: Northern Red-faced Turtle, Victoria Short-necked Turtle 
SynonymHydraspis victoriae GRAY 1842: 55
Chelymys victoriae — BAUR 1888: 419
Chelymys victoriae — BAUR 1889
Emydura victoriae — WORRELL 1963
Tropicochelymys victoriae — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 9
Emydura victoriae — KING & BURKE 1989
Emydura victoriae — GEORGES 1996
Emydura victoriae — COGGER 2000: 199
Emydura victoriae — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Emydura victoriae — KEHLMAIER et al. 2019 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia)

Type locality: "Victoria River, North-west coast of New Holland" (Northern Territory, Australia)  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1947.3.5.96, Victoria River, NT, collected Capt. W. Campbell (in error for Capt. W. Chambers). See Cann & Sadlier (2017) for discussion on the extent of the type series and the identity of the holotype. The lectotype designation of BNMH 1947.3.5.95 by Wells & Wellington (1985) is invalid, as this specimen was received by the British Museum after the description of the species. See also Kehlmaier et al. 2019 for further details. 
CommentEmydura worrelli is considered by some authors as a synonym of E. victoriae, but treated here as a subspecies of E. subglobosa.

Distribution: Map in MACCORD et al. (2003)

Original description: “Hydraspis victoriae, Gray, Shell ovate, convex, blackish brown marbled with grey and rather rugose above, beneath convex, yellow olive, with slight, impressed, narrow, netted grooves: vertebral plates nearly square, as long as broad, the fourth 6-sided, elongate; the marginal plates rather narrow in front, broader and slightly bent upon the sides, dilated, rather produced, and leaving 2 or 3 notches the tail behind; the sternum narrow; rather convex, shelving on the sides, and with a broad rounded notch behind. The back is regularly convex: the front cavity is much contracted by two rather diverging septa, only leaving a space almost half the width of the outer opening; the sternum is only about one third the width of the lower surface in the middle, and rather tapering behind: the vertebral column is sharply keeled within, and the bones of the pelvis are very strong: the first and second marginal plates are rather broad, the third narrow, the fourth and rest broader; the middle of the fourth and eleventh is opposite the suture between the costal plate. Inhabits Victoria river, North-west coast of New Holland; Captain William Campbell, R,N.” (from GRAY 1842).

Habitat: freshwater (rivers, swamps) 
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  • Georges, A. 1996. Electrophoretic delineation of species boundaries within the short-necked freshwater turtles of Australia (Testudines: Chelidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (1996), 118: 241–260.
  • Gray, J. E. 1842. Description of some new species of Reptiles, chiefly from the British Museum collection. Zoological Miscellany 2: 57-59. - get paper here
  • Kehlmaier, C., Zhang, X., Georges, A., Campbell, P. D., Thomson, S., & Fritz, U. 2019. Mitogenomics of historical type specimens of Australasian turtles: clarification of taxonomic confusion and old mitochondrial introgression. Scientific Reports, 9(1): 5841 - get paper here
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