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Myuchelys georgesi (CANN, 1997)

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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesBellinger River Turtle, Georges’ Turtle 
SynonymElseya georgesi CANN 1997
Elseya georgesi — COGGER 2000: 738
Elseya georgesi — BONIN et al 2006
Wollumbinia georgesi — WELLS 2007
Elseya latisternum georgesi — ARTNER 2008
Wollumbinia georgesi — WELLS 2009
Myuchelys georgesi — THOMSON & GEORGES 2009
Wollumbinia georgesi — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Myuchelys georgesi — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Myuchelys georgesi — TTWG 2014: 434
Wollumbinia georgesi — COGGER 2014: 255 
DistributionAustralia (NE New South Wales)

Type locality: Bellinger River 30°25'S, 152°46'E.  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R3 1721 adult female, measuring 222 mm carapace length, collected by J. Cann in 1971. Paratypes: A. M. R3 1719 adult male; AMS (AM) R143552 (shell); Q.M.559430 (formerly A.M. R31720) adult female; Q.M. 559425 (formerly AM R31722) adult male. All paratypes same data as holotype. 
CommentMight be synonymous to E. purvisi WELLS & WELLINGTON (1985) from which it differs “in a number of subtle colour differences... including a black horizontal bar through the eye” (which purvisi has but georgesi lacks; COGGER 2000).

Myuchelys purvisi and M. georgesi are cryptic species (Georges & Adams, 1996; Thomson & Georges, 1996) differing overtly only in intensity of colouration 
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