Mesoclemmys perplexa BOUR & ZAHER, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Mesoclemmys perplexa?
|Higher Taxa||Chelidae, Chelinae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||Brasilianische Krötenkopfschildkröte|
|Synonym||Mesoclemmys perplexa BOUR & ZAHER 2005|
Mesoclemmys perplexa — VAN DIJK et al. 2011
Phrynops (Mesoclemmys) hogei — PHILIPPEN 2012
|Distribution||Brazil (Piauí, Ceará)|
Type locality: Forested and humid areas of the regions called “Olho d’Água da Santa”and “Baixão do Fausto”, southern part of the Parque Nacional da Serra das Confusões, State of Piauí, Brasil.
|Types||Holotype: MZUSP 4111 (Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo),|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. - abbreviations are listed in Appendix 2): A chelid turtle with a shell low: Carapace depth/length = ca. 0.25 (juvenile) – 0.28 (adult) and narrow: Carapace width/length = ca. 0.7 (juvenile) – 0.6 (adult), laterally constricted in adult. Dorsal scutes noticeably sculpted by both concentric and radiating ridges. Head moderately enlarged (Carapace width/head width: ca. 3) but with a narrow parietal crest. Temporal and frontal scutes not bulging, with the frontals making a more or less obvious cruciform figure; snout short and pointed, not upturned. Maximum known length: 193.7 mm (female).|
|Comment||For a color illustration and distribution map see BOUR & ZAHER 2005.|
Habitat: freshwater (rivers, swamps)
|Etymology||Named after the Latin word “perplexa” which means confused, intricate, obscure, or ambiguous, and refers to the place where the taxon was observed, Serra das Confusões; it also alludes to its ambiguous generic attribution, and that of its allies.|