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Higher TaxaEmydidae, Deirochelyinae, Testudinoidea, Testudines (turtles) 
SubspeciesTrachemys nebulosa nebulosa (VAN DENBURGH 1895)
Trachemys nebulosa hiltoni (CARR 1942) 
Common NamesBlack-bellied Slider
hiltoni: Fuerte Slider 
SynonymChrysemys nebulosa VAN DENBURGH 1895: 84
Pseudemys ornata nebulosa — STEJNEGER & BARBOUR 1917
Pseudemys ornata nebulosa — WERMUTH & MERTENS 1977
Trachemys dorbigni nebulosa — IVERSON 1992
Trachemys nebulosa nebulosa — SEIDEL 2002
Trachemys nebulosa nebulosa — MCCORD & JOSEPH-OUNI 2005
Trachemys nebulosa nebulosa — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007
Trachemys nebulosa nebulosa — TTWG 2014: 363
Trachemys nebulosa nebulosa — VARGAS-RAMÍREZ et al. 2017

Trachemys nebulosa hiltoni (CARR 1942)
Pseudemys scripta hiltoni CARR 1942
Pseudemys concinna hiltoni — WERMUTH & MERTENS 1961 (in error fide FRITZ 1981)
Chrysemys scripta hiltoni — HARDY 1969: 105
Chrysemys concinna hiltoni — FRITZ & BIENERT 1981
Chrysemys scripta hiltoni — FRITZ 1981
Pseudemys scripta hiltoni — LEGLER 1990
Trachemys nebulosa hiltoni — SEIDEL 2002
Trachemys nebulosa hiltoni — MCCORD & JOSEPH-OUNI 2005
Trachemys nebulosa hiltoni — FRITZ & HAVAS 2007
Trachemys nebulosa hiltoni — TTWG 2014: 363
Trachemys nebulosa hiltoni — VARGAS-RAMÍREZ et al. 2017 
DistributionMexico (Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora)

Type locality: “mainland abreast of San José Island”

hiltoni: Mexico (Sinaloa, Sonora)

nebulosa: Mexico (Baja California)  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: CAS 2244
Holotype: AMNH 63747, fluid preserved mature male, collected by John W. Hilton in 1941 [hiltoni] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Allied to C. ornata (Gray), but without black centers in the costal ocelli, which are much more irregular and indistinct than in that form. The markings on the head, neck, and limbs, are much coarser, and the longitudinal lines less numerous. There are four yellow rays on the upper surface of the arm, instead of eleven [from VAN DENBUFGH 1895].
 
Commentcallirostris is also considered as a subspecies of T. scripta.

Habitat: freshwater (lakes, ponds, rivers) 
EtymologyThe species name nebulosa means dark, cloudy, misty, indefinite; referring to the obscure dark ocelli-like markings on the pleural scutes of the carapace. 
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