Myuchelys georgesi (CANN, 1997)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Myuchelys georgesi?
|Higher Taxa||Chelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||Bellinger River Turtle, Georges’ Turtle|
|Synonym||Elseya 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
|Distribution||Australia (NE New South Wales)|
Type locality: Bellinger River 30°25'S, 152°46'E.
|Types||Holotype: 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.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Elseya georgesi is a moderately large species of turtle known only from the Bellinger River and its tributaries on the northeast coast of New South Wales. This species is most similar to Elseya purvisi wells & Wellington and those species of Elseya currently included in, or allied to Elseya latisternum. It can be distinguished from E. latisternum and Elseya sp. from the Namoi River by the presence of a pale (yellow in life) band of colour on the side of the head and neck, a marbled light plastron with a greenish blue tinge, unlike E. puwisi which is predominantly yellow, and the absence of a central groove on the carapace. It is most similar to Elseya purvisi from the Manning River, and can only readily be distinguished by the pattern of colour on the throat and tail. E. georgesi does not have a dark marking running down the centre of the throat or tail, whereas in E. puwisi these features are present.|
|Comment||Might 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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