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Pelusios chapini LAURENT, 1965

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Higher TaxaPelomedusidae, Pelomedusoidea, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesCentral African Mud Turtle 
SynonymPelusios castaneus chapini LAURENT 1965: 21
Pelusios castaneus chapini — ALDERTON 1988
Pelusios chapini — KING & BURKE 1989
Pelusios chapini — BROADLEY 1998
Pelusios chapini — PAUWELS & VANDE WEGHE 2008
Pelusios chapini — TTWG 2014: 437
Pelusios chapini — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 56 
DistributionW/C/N Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Central African Republic, Gabon, Cameroon, Angola

Type locality: "Kasenyi, Lake Albert. Bunia Terr., Ituri, Congo" [= Zaire]  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: MRAC 20937 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: Considered a synonym of Pelusios castaneus by Wermuth and Mertens (1977: 117). The recognition of the weakly differentiated P. castaneus and P. chapini as full species is doubtful fide Fritz et al. (2010)

Distribution: For maps see TTWG 2014 and Kindler et al. 2015.

Habitat: freshwater (Lakes, quiet rivers) 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. James Paul Chapin (1889-1964), an American ornithologist and co-leader ofthe Lang-Chapin expedition, which made the first comprehensive biological survey of the Belgian Congo (1909-1915). 
References
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