Mesoclemmys perplexa BOUR & ZAHER, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Mesoclemmys perplexa?
|Higher Taxa||Chelidae, Chelinae, 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. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: MZUSP 4111 (Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo),|
|Comment||For a color illustration and distribution map see BOUR & ZAHER 2005.|
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).
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.|