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Graptemys flavimaculata CAGLE, 1954

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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Yellow-blotched Map Turtle
G: Gelbflecken-Höckerschildkröte 
SynonymGraptemys flavimaculata CAGLE 1954: 167
Graptemys oculifera flavimaculata CAGLE 1954
Graptemys flavimaculata — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 61
Graptemys flavimaculata — HERTWIG 2001
Graptemys flavimaculata — RHODIN et al. 2010
Graptemys oculifera flavimaculata — PRASCHAG et al. 2017 
DistributionUSA (Pascagoula River system in Mississippi, introduced to Florida)

Type locality: Pascagoula River, 13 miles S.W. of Lucedale, George Co., Mississippi.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: LSUMZ 111650 (was: TU = Tulane University) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Graptemys flavimaculata is a member of a narrow-head complex that includes three species occurring only in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Graptemys oculifera in the Pearl River drainage, Graptemys flavimaculata in the Pascagoula River and its tributaries, Graptemys nigrinoda in the Black Warrior and Alabama Rivers.
 
CommentSynonymy: Praschag et al. 2017 suggest to reinstate G. flavimaculata, G. nigrinoda and G. oculifera as subspecies of G. oculifera, because these taxa correspond to only one sequence cluster each. However, these authors do not explicitly downgrade these species.

This is one of the 25 most endangered turtle species according to a 2003 assessment by the IUCN.

Diet: carnivore.

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, rivers) 
EtymologyNamed after the large yellow (”flavi”) spots “(maculata”) on the carapace 
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