Rheodytes leukops LEGLER, 1980
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|Higher Taxa||Chelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)|
|Common Names||Fitzroy River Turtle|
|Synonym||Rheodytes leukops LEGLER & CANN 1980|
Rheodytes leukops — COGGER 2000: 201
Rheodytes leukops — GEORGES & THOMSON 2010
Rheodytes leukops — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Fitzroy river and its tributaries, Queensland)|
Type locality: "Fitzroy River, 63 km N and 25 km E of Duaringa, elevation 40 m, 23°09'S, 149°55'E, Queensland, Australia"
|Reproduction||breeds in psring, when females lay clutches of around 15 eggs. Incubation takes an average of 45 days.|
|Types||Holotype: QM J31701|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS (of genus and species): A short-necked Australian chelid distinguished from all other members of the Chelidae by the following characters (each character marked with an asterisk (*) is alone diagnostic among chelids): (1)* interlateral seam contacts on the posterior parts of the sixth and eighth marginal scutes; (2)* rib tips of costaIs 2-4 forming gomphoses with the centers of peripherals 4-6; (3) a narrow, unridged maxillary triturating surface that becomes even narrower in the premaxillary region; (4)* splenial bone lacking; () a long completely coossified dentary symphysis; (6) a maxillary tomial edge that is straight in profile; (7) a white ring around the iris; (8) relatively small eggs and short incubation period; (9) huge cloacal bursae.|
|Comment||Type species: Rheodytes leukops is the type species of the genus Rheodytes LEGLER and CANN 1980.|
Habitat: freshwater (rivers)
|Etymology||The generic name is derived from the Greek roots rheos (current or stream) and dytes (diver) and alludes to the speed and agility of these animals in fast currents. The specific name is derived from the Greek leukos (white) and ops (eye) and refers to the distinctive white ring around the iris.|
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