Myuchelys purvisi (WELLS & WELLINGTON, 1985)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Myuchelys purvisi?
|Higher Taxa||Chelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||Manning River Sawshelled Turtle, Manning River Turtle, Purvis’ Turtle|
|Synonym||Elseya purvisi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 8|
Elseya purvisi — CANN 1998
Elseya purvisi — IVERSON et al. 2001
Elseya purvisi — COGGER 2000 (fide IVERSON et al. 2001)
Elseya purvisi — BONIN et al 2006
Wollumbinia purvisi — WELLS 2007
Elseya latisternum purvisi — ARTNER 2008
Wollumbinia purvisi — WELLS 2009
Myuchelys purvisi — THOMSON & GEORGES 2009
Wollumbinia purvisi — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Myuchelys purvisi — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Flaviemys purvisi — LE et al. 2013
Flaviemys purvisi — TTWG 2014: 434
Wollumbinia purvisi — COGGER 2014: 256
Myuchelys purvisi — TTWG 2017: 201
|Distribution||Australia (New South Wales)|
Type locality: 15 km S, 32.3 km E of Nowendoc (31 °39'S 152° 04'E), New South Wales.
|Types||Holotype: AMS (AM) R44654; now Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (Flaviemys): A genus of short-necked turtles with the following character combination: (1) broad cervical scute; (2) bright yellow coloration on the ventral marginal and the plastron; (3) bright yellow stripe on the ventral aspects of legs, running from the plastron to the distal of the first toes; (4) three bright yellow stripes on the tail, with one mid-ventral and the others lateral; (5) bright yellow marking on the ventral distal tip of the tail; (6) neural bones present.|
Diagnosis: A member of the Elseya latisternum complex readily separated from all other Elseya, by the excellent illustrations and descriptions of Cann (1978: Plate 65, mature male, Plates 66-67, mature female, Plate 64 habitat of this species). The presence of a bright yellow facial streak readily separates this species from Elseya latisternum. Found in rivers of north-eastern New South Wales. Cogger (1983) provides diagnostic illustrations of its nearest relative, Elseya latisternum (Plates 408–410).
|Comment||Synonymy: Might be synonymous to E. georgesi 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.
Type species: Elseya purvisi WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 8 is the type species of Flaviemys LE et al. 2013.
|Etymology||Etymology (Flaviemys): The generic name ‘‘Flaviemys’’ is based on a distinctive yellow color pattern on the plastron of the species. From the Greek, flavus (yellow) and emys (turtle).|
Etymology: Named for Malcolm Purvis of North Sydney, New South Wales, noted herpetologist [from GEORGES & THOMSON 2010].
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