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Graptemys versa STEJNEGER, 1925

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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesTexas Map Turtle 
SynonymGraptemys versa STEJNEGER 1925
Graptemys pseudogeographica versa STEJNEGER 1925
Graptemys versa — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 60
Graptemys versa — CROTHER 2000
Graptemys versa — RHODIN et al. 2010 
DistributionUSA (C Texas: Colorado River watershed on the Edwards Plateau)

Type locality: “Austin, Texas” [Travis County, Texas].  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: USNM 27473 (alcoholic adult male, CL 87 mm, rear scute missing), collector unknown, Jul 1900, donated by Herbert H. and Clement S. Brimley.

Paratypes: USNM 27474 (alcoholic male, CL 89 mm); USNM 27475 (alcoholic male, CL 87 mm); USNM 27476 (alcoholic male, CL 85 mm); USNM 27477 (alcoholic male, CL 90 mm); USNM 27478 (alcoholic male, CL 95 mm); USNM 27479 (alcoholic male, CL 74 mm); and USNM 27480 (alcoholic specimen, exchanged, see “Remarks”); all collected at the type locality, collector unknown, Jul 1900. MCZ 42346. 
Diagnosis 
CommentDiet: omnivore.

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, rivers) 
EtymologyNamed after the turned or changed head pattern differing from that of Graptemys pseudo­geographica. 
References
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