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Sternotherus depressus TINKLE & WEBB, 1955

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Higher TaxaKinosternidae (Kinosterninae), Kinosternoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
Common NamesFlattened Musk Turtle 
SynonymSternotherus depressus TINKLE & WEBB 1955
Sternotherus minor depressus — WERMUTH & MERTENS 1961
Sternotherus depressus — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 46
Sternotherus depressus — CROTHER 2000
Kinosternon depressum — BONIN et al 2006
Sternotherus depressus — SCOTT et al. 2017 
DistributionUSA (N Alabama)

Type locality: "Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River, 9 miles east of Jasper, Walker County, Alabama, near the bridge crossing of U.S. Highway 78".  
TypesHolotype: LSUMZ 109567 (was: TU 16171 at Tulane University) 
CommentHabitat: freshwater (swamps, quiet rivers)

Hybridization: Sternotherus depressus and S. minor hybridize (Scott et al. 2017). In fact, S. depressus is nested within S. minor 
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  • Conant,R. & Collins,J.T. 1991. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern/Central North America, 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin (Boston/New York), xx + 450 p.
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Ernst, Carl H.; Lovich, Jeffrey E. 2009. Turtles of the United States and Canada, 2nd edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, 827 pp. - get paper here
  • Ernst,C.H. and Barbour,R.W. 1989. Turtles of the World. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C. - London
  • Iverson, John B. 1977. Sternotherus depressus. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (194): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Iverson, John B. 1998. Molecules, morphology, and mud turtle phylogenetics (Family Kinosternidae). Chelonian Conserv. Biol. 3 (1): 113-117
  • Schilde, M. 2003. Family Kinosternidae. Reptilia (GB) (26): 16-21 - get paper here
  • Scott, P. A., Glenn, T. C., & Rissler, L. J. 2017. Resolving taxonomic turbulence and uncovering cryptic diversity in the musk turtles (Sternotherus) using robust demographic modeling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Seidel, M.E., and R.V. Lucchino. 1981. Allozymic and morphological variation among the musk turtles Sternotherus carinatus, S. depressus and S. minor (Kinosternidae). Copeia 1981 (1):119-128. - get paper here
  • Tinkle, D.W., and R.G. Webb 1955. A new species of Sternotherus with a discussion of the Sternotherus carinatus complex (Chelonia, Kinosternidae). Tulane Stud. Zool. 3 (3): 53 - get paper here
  • Wermuth, H., and R. Mertens. 1961. Schildkröten, Krokodile, Brückenechsen. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena. xxvi + 422 pp.
  • Zug G R 1986. Sternotherus Gray. Musk turtles. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 397: 1-3 - get paper here
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