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Higher TaxaKinosternidae (Kinosterninae), Kinosternoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesTabasco Mud Turtle 
SynonymKinosternon scorpioides var. acuta GRAY 1831: 34
Cinosternum berendtianum COPE 1865
Cinosternon effeldtii PETERS 1873: 603
Cinosternon effeldtii — BOCOURT 1876: 396
Cinosternon Berendtianum — BOCOURT 1876: 395
Cinosternum effeldtii — GÜNTHER 1885: 16
Kinosternon berendtianum — STUART 1935: 55
Kinosternon berendtianum — STUART 1937
Kinosternon acutum — STEJNEGER 1941
Kinosternon acutum — LINER 1994
Kinosternon acutum — KÖHLER 2000: 26
Cryptochelys acuta — IVERSON et al. 2013
Kinosternon acuta — SPINKS et al. 2014
Kinosternon acutum — TTWG 2014
Kinosternon acuta — GONZÁLEZ-SÁNCHEZ et al. 2017 
DistributionMexico (Caribean lowlands of C/S Veracruz, Oaxaca ?, Chiapas, Tabasco ?, Campeche, Quintana Roo), N Guatemala, Belize

Type locality: Not reported; Gray (1844:33) listed data with holotype as "Central America". Restricted to Belize by Schmidt (1941: 476), and later to "Cosamaloapam, Veracruz," Mexico, by Smith and Taylor (1950: 23).
Type locality: “angeblich aus Mexico (Veracruz)”; restricted to “Cosamaloapam” by Smith & Taylor 1950 [Cinosternon effeldtii].  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1947.3.4.58.
Lectotype: ZMB 7868; designated by FRITZ et al. 1994 [effeldtii] 
Diagnosis 
CommentSchmidt (1941: 476) restricted the type locality to “British Honduras” (= Belize).

Habitat: freshwater (swamps, quiet rivers)

Distribution: not in Yucatan state (Mexico), fide Gonzalez-Sanchez et al. 2017. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “acuere” = sharp, or “acutus” = sharpened, pointed, or “acumen” = tip, or “acus” = needle. 
References
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