|Types||Holotype: ANSP 246, of the Philadelphia Academy, collected by Dr. Hermann in San Antonio, Texas. There is a shell of the same species in the Philadelphia Academy. No. 247. It has the Smithsonian Institution number 7173 and was collected near Old Fort Cobb, I. T. The soft parts, limbs and head are preserved in alcohol at the Smitlisonian. The two specimens mentioned by Agassiz are also at the Smithsonian (No. 80, Guadalupe mountains, Pecos river, Texas, and No. 76, New Leon, near Cadereita, Mexico) and belong to this species (from BAUR 1893). |
Original description from BAUR (1893): Shell very thin behind, posterior border serrated, longitudinally rugose; nuchal long and slender; upper shell brown, with yellow reticulations similar to Pseudemys concinna; shell not much elevated. Plastron emarginated behind, yellow or with brown markings. Skull small, similar to P. rubiventris; upper jaw notched in the centre, with a rounded tooth on each side, not so prominent as in P. rubiventris. Lower jaw similar to P. rubiventris. The coloration of the head quite different from the other species. A yellow longitudinal spot behind the eye; above this, a yellow line ending in a long longitudinal spot above the temples; from the lower posterior portion of the eye a yellow line appears, sending a branch upwards in front of tympanic cavity, and continues behind on the neck. Three very strong yellow and some slender yellow stripes on lower face of neck.
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