Nilssonia nigricans (ANDERSON, 1875)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Nilssonia nigricans?
|Higher Taxa||Trionychidae, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||E: Black Soft-shelled Turtle, Bostami Turtle|
G: Dunkle Weichschildkröte
|Synonym||Trionyx nigricans ANDERSON 1875|
Gymnopus duvaucelii DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1835: 487 (partim)
Tyrse gangetica — GRAY 1844: 47 (partim)
Trionyx hurum — BOULENGER 1889 (partim)
Trionyx nigricans — ALDERTON 1988
Trionyx nigricans — AHSAN & SAEED 1989
Aspideretes nigricans — DAS 1996: 39
Aspideretes nigricans — PRASCHAG & GEMEL 2002
Aspideretes nigricans — BONIN et al 2006
Nilssonia nigricans — PRASCHAG et al. 2007
|Distribution||India (Assam), Bangladesh (Chittagong)|
Type locality: "Tanks at Chittagong, Bengal" (=Bangladesh) 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 this does not always work properly. We are working on it.
|Types||Syntypes: ZSI 664 and 1898|
|Comment||The paper by ANDERSON is not present in our AMNH collection.|
GEMEL & PRASCHAG (2003) pointed out that GRAY illustrated A. nigricans already in 1831 although he assigned it to A. hurum (then Trionyx hurum). See their paper also for a more complete synonymy.
According to the molecular data of Engstrom et al. (2004) Aspideretes should be renamed Nillsonia as Nilssonia (GRAY 1872) has priority over Aspideretes (HAY 1903).