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Trachemys decorata (BARBOUR & CARR, 1940)

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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Haitian Slider, Hispanolan Slider 
SynonymPseudemys decorata BARBOUR & CARR 1940
Pseudemys terrapen decorata — MERTENS & WERMUTH 1955
Trachemys decorata — IVERSON 1986
Trachemys decorata — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 172
Trachemys decorata — SEIDEL 2002
Trachemys decorata — TTWG 2014
Trachemys decorata — VARGAS-RAMÍREZ et al. 2017
Trachemys decorata — TTWG 2021 
DistributionHispaniola (Cul de Sac-Valle de Neiba plain in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Tiburon Peninsula)

Type locality: "Fond Parisien, [Dept. de l'Ouest,] Haiti".  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 36862. Paratypes: USNM. 
CommentFor illustrations see Barbour and Carr, 1940 (as Pseudemys decorata); Cochran, 1941 (as Pseudemys decorata); Williams, 1956 (as Pseudemys decorata); Wermuth and Mertens, 1961 (as Pseudemys terrapen decorata); Bickham, 1980 (as Chrysemys decorata); Seidel and Incháustegui Miranda, 1984; Seidel, 1988. T. decorata angusta has been moved to T. decussata.

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, ponds, rivers) 
EtymologyThe term decorata is from the Latin decorus, elegant or decorative, referring to the plastron pattern. 
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  • Barbour, Thomas; Carr, Archie Fairly 1941. Terrapin from Grand Cayman. Proc. New England zool. Club 18: 57-60, 1 plate
  • Bickham, J.W. 1980. Chrysemys decorata. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 235:1-2. - get paper here
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598 - get paper here
  • Cochran, D.M. 1941. The herpetology of Hispaniola. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 177: vii + 398 pp. - get paper here
  • Fritz U. 1990. Haltung und Nachzucht der Jamaika-Schmuckschildkröte Trachemys terrapen (LACÉPÈDE, 1788) und Bemerkungen zur Fortpflanzungsstrategie von neotropischen Schmuckschildkröten der Gattung Trachemys. Salamandra 26 (1): 1-18 - get paper here
  • Fritz, U. 1988. Zur Variabilität der Carapaxzeichnung von Trachemys decorata (Barbour and Carr, 1940) und Trachemys steinegeri vicina (Barbour and Carr, 1940) (Testudines: Emydidae). Salamandra 24 (2-3): 175-78 - get paper here
  • Fritz, U. 1991. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Hispaniola - Schmuckschildkröte, Trachemys decorata (Barbour & Carr, 1940). Sauria 13 (3): 11-14 - get paper here
  • Geißler, L. 2008. Herpetologische Beobachtungen auf der Halbinsel Barahona, Dominikanische Republik. Elaphe 16 (1): 48-52
  • McCord, W.P.; Joseph-Ouni, M. & Uhrig, D. 2005. Chelonian Illustrations #22: Sliders of the Caribbean Islands. Reptilia (GB) (42): 81-83 - get paper here
  • Parham, James F.; Theodore J. Papenfuss, Peter Paul van Dijk, Byron S. Wilson, Cristian Marte, Lourdes Rodriguez Schettino, W. Brian Simison 2013. Genetic introgression and hybridization in Antillean freshwater turtles (Trachemys) revealed by coalescent analyses of mitochondrial and cloned nuclear markers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67 (1):176–187 - get paper here
  • Powell, R. & Incháustegui, S.J. 2009. Conservation of the herpetofauna of the Dominican Republic. Applied Herpetology 6: 103–122 - get paper here
  • Powell, Robert, José A. Ottenwalder, Sixto J. Incháustegui, Robert W. Henderson and Richard E. Glor. 2000. Amphibians and reptiles of the Dominican Republic: Species of special concern. Oryx 34 (2): 118-128 - get paper here
  • Reynolds, Robert P.; Steve W. Gotte, and Carl H. Ernst 2007. Catalog of Type Specimens of Recent Crocodilia and Testudines in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 626: 1-49 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Seidel M E 1988. Revision of the West Indian emydid turtles (Testudines). American Museum Novitates (2918): 1-41 - get paper here
  • Seidel, M.E., and S.J. Inchaustegui. 1984. Status of the Trachemyd turtles (Testudines: Emydidae) in Hispaniola. Journal of Herpetology 18 (4): 468-479 - get paper here
  • Seidel, Michael E. 2002. Taxonomic observations on extant species and subspecies of slider turtles, genus Trachemys. Journal of Herpetology 36 (2): 285-292 - get paper here
  • Seidel, Michael E. & Carl H. Ernst 2017. A Systematic Review of the Turtle Family Emydidae. Vertebrate Zoology 67 (1): 1–122 - 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
  • TTWG; Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., Bour, R., Fritz, U., Georges, A., Shaffer, H.B., and van Dijk, P.P. 2021. Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (9th Ed.). In: Rhodin, A.G.J., Iverson, J.B., van Dijk, P.P., Stanford, C.B., Goode, E.V., Buhlmann, K.A., and Mittermeier, R.A. (Eds.). Chelonian Research Monographs 8:1–472. doi:10.3854/crm.8.checklist.atlas.v9.2021. - get paper here
  • Vargas-Ramírez M, del Valle C, Ceballos CP, Fritz U. 2017. Trachemys medemi n. sp. from northwestern Colombia turns the biogeography of South American slider turtles upside down. J Zool Syst Evol Res. 2017;55:326–339 - get paper here
  • Wermuth, H., and R. Mertens. 1961. Schildkröten, Krokodile, Brückenechsen. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena. xxvi + 422 pp.
  • Williams, E.E. 1956. Pseudemys scripta callirostris from Venezuela with a general survey of the scripta series. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 115:143-160. - get paper here
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