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Pelomedusa schweinfurthi PETZOLD, VARGAS-RAMÍREZ, KEHLMAIER, VAMBERGER, BRANCH, DU PREEZ, HOFMEYR, MEYER, SCHLEICHER, ŠIROKÝ & FRITZ, 2014

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Higher TaxaPelomedusidae, Pelomedusoidea, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPelomedusa schweinfurthi PETZOLD, VARGAS-RAMÍREZ, KEHLMAIER, VAMBERGER, BRANCH, DU PREEZ, HOFMEYR, MEYER, SCHLEICHER, ŠIROKÝ & FRITZ 2014
Pelomedusa schweinfurthi — TTWG 2017: 205 
DistributionSouth Sudan, Central African Republic

Type locality: Liria, Central Equatoria, South Sudan, N4°38.66 E32°4.83;  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: SMF 56161, female
Paratypes: Senckenberg-Museum, Frankfurt am Main (SMF 56160, 65162, males, same data as holotype); Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (ZMB 15697, juvenile, Djur River W Wau, Western Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small to medium-sized, dark-coloured helmeted terrapins with a known maximum straight carapacial length of 15.7 cm. Pectoral scutes rectangular with wide midseam contact or triangular with narrow midseam contact. Temporal head scales large, mostly undivided. Two small barbels under chin. In adults, carapace and plastron rather dark; soft parts ventrally lighter than dorsally. Pelomedusa schweinfurthi differs from all other Pelomedusa species by the presence of thymine (T) instead of cytosine (C) at position 279, by the presence of guanine (G) instead of adenine (A) or a gap at position 297, and by the presence of adenine (A) instead of guanine (G) at position 305 of the 360-bp-long reference alignment of the 12S rRNA gene (Supporting Information).
 
CommentMap: Petzold et al. 2014

Habitat: freshwater (Ponds, swamps) 
EtymologyDedicated Georg August Schweinfurth (29 December 1836–19 September 1925) who was the last of the great explorers of Africa. Schweinfurth collected the oldest of the paratypes (ZMB 15697) during his famous third Africa expedition (1868–1871) “inside the heart of Africa” (Schweinfurth 1874) in present-day South Sudan. 
References
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598
  • PETZOLD, ALICE; MARIO VARGAS-RAMÍREZ, CHRISTIAN KEHLMAIER, MELITA VAMBERGER, WILLIAM R. BRANCH, LOUIS DU PREEZ, MARGARETHA D. HOFMEYR, LEON MEYER, ALFRED SCHLEICHER, PAVEL ŠIROKÝ & UWE FRITZ 2014. A revision of African helmeted terrapins (Testudines: Pelomedusidae: Pelomedusa), with descriptions of six new species. Zootaxa 3795 (5): 523–548 - get paper here
  • TTWG; Anders G.J. Rhodin, John B. iverson, Roger Bour, Uwe Fritz, Arthur GeoRges, H. BRadley Shaffer, and Peter Paul van Dijk 2017. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (8th Ed.). In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Saumure, R.A., Buhlmann, K.A., Pritchard, P.C.H., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Ed Chelonian Research Monographs 7:1–292. doi: 10.3854/crm.7.checklist.atlas.v8.2017 - get paper here
 
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