Pelodiscus maackii (BRANDT, 1858)
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|Higher Taxa||Trionychidae (Trionychinae), Trionychoidea, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||Russian: дальневосточная черепаха, или черепаха Маака|
|Synonym||Trionyx maackii BRANDT 1858: 609|
Amyda maacki — STEJNEGER 1907: 529
Pelodiscus maackii — DAVID 1994: 35
Pelodiscus maackii — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007: 318
Pelodiscus maackii — DAVLETBAKOV et al. 2016
|Distribution||Russia (Amur, Ussuri, Sungari and Liao-che River systems in the Far East) NE China, Democratic Republic of Korea, South Korea (Chkhikvadze 1987), Kyrgyzstan|
Type locality: rivers south of the Amur River, namely Sungari and Ussuri Rivers and course of the Amur River between the Sungari and Ussuri Rivers.
|Types||Holotype: unlocated (PP van Dijk, pers. comm. 9 June 2014).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: The diagnostic morphological features of adults of all five Pelodiscus species are summarized in Table 4 in FARKAS et al. 2019: 78.|
|Comment||Synonymy mainly after FRITZ & HAVAS 2007. Trionyx maackii BRANDT 1858 was previously considered as a synonym of P. sinensis but resurrected by Chkhikvadze (1987). Pelodiscus maackii and P. parviformis, both harboring distinct mitochondrial lineages, were not differentiated from P. sinensis in the nuclear markers studied by Gong et al. 2018 though.|
Habitat: freshwater (rivers and tributaries, swamps)
Distribution: see map in Farkas et al. 2019: 82 (Fig. 6).
|Etymology||Trionyx maacki has been named after a R. Maack, a Russian who traveled in the Amur region in the early 1850ies and who collected the type (of Trionyx maacki).|
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