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Pseudemys nelsoni CARR, 1938

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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesFlorida Redbelly Turtle
G: Florida-Rotbauch-Schmuckschildkröte 
SynonymPseudemys nelsoni CARR 1938
Chrysemys nelsoni — JACKSON 1978
Pseudemys rubriventris nelsoni — MERTENS 1951
Chrysemys rubriventris nelsoni — FRITZ 1981
Chrysemys rubriventris nelsoni — ROGNER 1981
Pseudemys (Ptychemys) nelsoni — WARD 1984: 43
Pseudemys nelsoni — SCHWEIGER 1995
Pseudemys nelsoni — CROTHER 2000
Pseudemys robriventris [sic] nelsoni — OBST 2003: 10
Pseudemys (Ptychemys) nelsoni — MCCORD et al. 2005 
DistributionUSA (from the Okefenokee Swamp in S Georgia west to Apalachicola, Florida, and south through peninsular Florida; introduced to Texas)

Type locality: Fellsmere, Indian River County, Florida.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: MCZ 39888, Paratypes: MCZ 
CommentDiet: herbivorous.

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, ponds, rivers) 
Etymologynamed after George Nelson, collector of the holotype. 
References
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