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Kinosternon chimalhuaca BERRY, SEIDEL & IVERSON, 1997

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Higher TaxaKinosternidae (Kinosterninae), Kinosternoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesE: Jalisco Mud Turtle 
SynonymKinosternon chimalhuaca BERRY, SEIDEL & IVERSON 1997
Kinosternon chimalhuaca — FLORES-VILLELA & CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ 2004
Kinosternon chimalhuaca — TTWG 2014: 347 
DistributionMexico (Jalisco, Colima)

Type locality: A clear pond located 30 m southeast of Mexico Highway 80, 1.9 km northeast of Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico (19° 15' N, 104° 43' S [sic]). Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: CM 140201. 
CommentDiagnosis. Kinosternon chimalhuaca is a medium- sized (largest specimen a male. CL = 157 mm: largest female. CL = 127 mm) mudd turtle belonging to the K. scorpioides speciescomplex.It is most similar to K. integrum and K. oaxacae, but is distinguishable from other Kinosternon species by the following combination of characteristics in adults (see Tables 1 and 2): ( 1) a depressed. weakly tricarinate carapace: (2) a relatively small plastron (smaller in adult males than in adult females and juveniles) which does not completely close the ventral opening ofthe shell (PHW/CW: 4 4 50.5—57.6%; 7 7 56.7—73. 1 %); (3) anterior plastral lobe freely moveable. posterior lobe slightly moveable: (4) pos tenor plastral lobe with a distinct posterior notch. more deeply notched in males than in females (Fig. 1 ): (5) fixed portion of plastron of moderate length (interabdominal seam length/CL: 46 21—27%: 7 7 23—29%): (6) bridge naiow (BRL/CL: 6 15—21%: 7 7 20—23%): (7) axillary and inguinal scutes in contact: (8) first vertebral scute (Vl ) con- tacts M2 in only I 2% ofadults: (9) opposed patches of horny scales on the posterior thigh and leg ( clasping organs ) absent in males and females: and (10) tail of males and females terminating in a horny spine [incomplete OCR from BERRY et al. 1997].

Publicatoin date: Rogner (1996) used the name Kinosternon chimalhuaca apparently before the actual description (BERRY et al. 1997). See ROGNER et al. 2013. 
  • Berry, James F; Seidel, Michael E; Iverson, John B 1997. A new species of mud turtle (genus Kinosternon) from Jalisco and Colima, Mexico, with notes on its natural history. Chelonian Conserv. Biol. 2 (3): 329-337
  • Bonin, F., Devaux, B. & Dupré, A. 2006. Turtles of the World. English translation by P.C.H. Pritchard. Johns Hopkins University Press, 416 pp.
  • Flores-Villela, O. & Canseco-Márquez, L. 2004. Nuevas especies y cambios taxonómicos para la herpetofauna de México. Acta Zoologica Mexicana (n.s.) 20(2): 115-144
  • Iverson, John B ; Berry, James F 1998. Kinosternon chimalhuaca Berry, Seidel, and Iverson (Jalisco mud turtle). Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 651: 1-2 - get paper here
  • Legler, J.M.& Vogt, R.C. 2013. The Turtles of Mexico: Land and Freshwater Forms. University of California Press, 416 pp.
  • Rogner, M, Iverson, JB, Berry, JF, Seidel, ME, Rhodin, AGJ 2013. Case 3625 Kinosternon chimalhuaca Berry, Seidel, & Iverson in Rogner, 1996 (Reptilia, Testudines): proposed confirmation of the publication date. Bull. Zool. Nomenclature 70 (3): - get paper here
  • Schilde, M. 2001. Schlammschildkröten: Kinosternon, Sternotherus, Claudius, Staurotypus. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 136 pp. - get paper here
  • TTWG [Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour] 2014. Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - get paper here
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