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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Western Sawshelled Turtle, Bells’ Turtle 
SynonymPhrynops bellii GRAY 1844: 41
Hydraspis bellii —GRAY 1856
Elseya bellii — CANN 1998
Elseya dorriani WELLS 2002 (nom. nud. fide FRITZ & HAVAS 2007)
Phrynops belli — GEORGES & THOMSON in MERRICK et al. 2006
Elseya bellii — BONIN et al 2006
Elseya bellii — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007
Wollumbinia bellii — WELLS 2007
Elseya latisternum bellii — ARTNER 2008
Wollumbinia bellii — WELLS 2009
Wollumbinia bellii dorriani — WELLS 2009
Myuchelys bellii — THOMSON & GEORGES 2009
Wollumbinia bellii — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Myuchelys bellii — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Myuchelys bellii — TTWG 2014: 434
Wollumbinia bellii — COGGER 2014: 255
Wollumbinia bellii — CANN & SADLIER 2017
Wollumbinia bellii — SWAN et al. 2017
Wollumbinia bellii — SWAN 2020
Myuchelys bellii — THOMSON et al. 2021
Myuchelys bellii — TTWG 2021 
DistributionAustralia (NE New South Wales)

Type locality: Restricted by Cann 1998 to the “upper reaches of the both Namoi-MacDonald and Gwydir Rivers, above
the New England escarpment, New South Wales.”; validated as Namoi River by Kehlmair et al. 2019.

dorriani: Australia (SE Queensland: Bald Rock Creek)  
TypesHolotype: OUM 8460 
EtymologyNamed after Thomas Bell (1792-1880), a British naturalist and dental surgeon who worked at Guy's Hospital, London (1816-1860). He became Professor of Zoology at King's College (1834) and described many ofthe reptiles Darwin collected. He was a friend ofGray and President of the Linnean Society (Beolens et al. 2011).  
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  • Fielder, Darren 2013. Ancient Phenotypes Revealed Through Present Day Species—A Morphological Analysis of Australia's Saw-Shelled Turtles Including the Threatened Myuchelys bellii (Testudines: Chelidae). Chelonian Conservation and Biology Jul 2013, Vol. 12, No. 1: 101-111. - get paper here
  • Fielder, Darren; Bruce chessman, and Arthur GeorGes 2015. Myuchelys bellii (Gray 1844) – Western Saw-shelled Turtle, Bell’s Turtle. Chelonian Research Monographs 5(8):088.1–7, doi:10.3854/crm.5.088.bellii.v1.2015 - get paper here
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