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Higher TaxaGeoemydidae (Geoemydinae), Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Western Caspian Turtle
Croatian: riječna kornjača 
SynonymEmys rivulata VALENCIENNES 1833
Emys tristrami GRAY 1869
Emys caspica var. arabica GRAY 1870
Emys pannonica GRAY 1870
Clemmys caspica orientalis BEDRIAGA 1881
Clemmys caspica var. rivulata — BOULENGER 1889
Clemmys caspica rivulata — SIEBENROCK 1909
Clemmys caspica var. obsoleta SCHREIBER 1912
Clemmys caspica cretica MERTENS 1946
Mauremys caspica rivulata — GRUBER & FUCHS 1977
Mauremys caspica rivulata — KING & BURKE 1989
Mauremys caspica rivulata — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Mauremys rivulata — FRITZ & WISCHUF 1997
Mauremys caspica rivulata — HRAOUI-BLOQUET et al. 2002
Mauremys rivulata — OBST 2003: 14
Mauremys caspica rivulata — OBST 2003: 17
Mauremys rivulata — FELDHAM & PARHAM 2004
Mauremys rivulata — TTWG 2014 
DistributionAlbania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,
Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia,
Montenegro, Serbia, Syria, Turkey
Greece (Crete, Ionian Peninsula, Limnos, Lesbos, Paros, Syphnos, Corfu = Corfou, Milos, Tinos, Kos [M. Delfino, pers. comm.])

Type locality: "dans Ie Siloso et aux environs de Modon [=Methoni)" in "Morée [= Peloponnese)"; restricted to vicinity of Modon, Peloponnes, Greece (MERTENS & MÜLLER 1928)  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN 1930, 1930A. 4094, 4095, 9491. and 9492.
Holotype: SMF 36396 [cretica] 
Diagnosis 
CommentHybridization: Mauremys caspica and M. rivulata appear to hybridize in Turkey although they are largely parapatric (Vamberger et al. 2016).

Habitat: freshwater (Rivers, swamps, ponds) 
Etymology 
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