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Pelusios nanus LAURENT, 1956

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Higher TaxaPelomedusidae, Pelomedusoidea, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAfrican Dwarf Mud Turtle, Dwarf hinged terrapin 
SynonymPelusios nanus LAURENT 1956
Pelusios nanus — ALDERTON 1988
Pelusios nanus — HAAGNER et al. 2000
Pelusios nanus — TTWG 2014
Pelusios nanus — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 58 
DistributionN Zambia, S Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire),
Angola (along the southern border of the Congo Basin), AW Tanzania

Type locality: "Dilolo, Haut Lualaba," Shaba Prov., Zaire.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MRAC 7833. 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: WERMUTH & MERTENS 1961 treated Pelusios nanus as synonym of Pelusios adansoni.

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

Habitat: freshwater (Lakes, quiet rivers) 
Etymology 
References
  • Bonin, F., Devaux, B. & Dupré, A. 2006. Turtles of the World. English translation by P.C.H. Pritchard. Johns Hopkins University Press, 416 pp.
  • Bour, R. 2000. Une nouvelle espèce de Pelusios du Gabon ( Reptilia, Chelonii, Pelomedusidae). Manouria (08): 32 pp.
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598
  • Bour,R. 1983. Trois populations endémiques de genre Pelusios (Reptilia, Chelonii, Pelomedusidae) aux îles Seychelles; relations avec les espèces africaines et malagaches. Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris (4) 5: 343-382.
  • Ceríaco, Luis M. P., Aaron M. Bauer, David C. Blackburn and Ana C. F. C. Lavres. 2014. The herpetofauna of the Capanda Dam Region, Malanje, Angola. Herpetological Review 45 (4): 667-674
  • Ernst,C.H. and Barbour,R.W. 1989. Turtles of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. - London
  • Haagner, G.V. 1994. Life History Notes - Pelusios nanus. African Herp News (21): 18-18
  • Haagner,G.V.; Branch,W.R. & Haagner,A.J.F. 2000. Notes on a collection of reptiles from Zambia and adjacent areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Annals of the Eastern Cape Museum 1: 1 – 25
  • Kindler, Carolin; Maggie Moosig, William R. Branch, James Harvey, Christian Kehlmaier, Zoltán T. Nagy, Hynek Prokop, Pavel Široký and Uwe Fritz 2015. Comparative phylogeographies of six species of hinged terrapins (Pelusios spp.) reveal discordant patterns and unexpected differentiation in the P. castaneus/P. chapini complex and P. rhodesianus Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12647 - get paper here
  • Laurent, R.F. 1956. Contribution à l'herpetologie de la région des Grandes Lacs de l'Afrique centrale. Ann. Mus. Roy. Congo Belge (Sci. Zool.), 48: 1-390
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • McCord, W.P., Joseph-Ouni, M. & Bour, R. 2004. Chelonian Illustrations #17: Eastern and Southern African Mud Turtles. Reptilia (GB) (37): 73-77 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • TTWG [Peter Paul van Dijk, John B. Iverson, Anders G.J. Rhodin, H. Bradley Shaffer, and Roger Bour] 2014. Turtles of the World, 7th Edition: Annotated Checklist of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution with Maps, and Conservation Status. 000.v7. Chelonian Research Monographs (ISSN 1088-7105) No. 5, doi:10.3854/crm.5.000.checklist.v7.2014 - get paper here
  • Wermuth, H., and R. Mertens. 1961. Schildkröten, Krokodile, Brückenechsen. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena. xxvi + 422 pp.
 
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