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Higher TaxaChelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Cann's Snake-necked Turtle 
SynonymChelodina canni MCCORD & THOMSON 2002
Chelodina rankini WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 (nomen nudum)
Chelodina rankini — WELLS 2007
Chelodina novaeguineae canni — ARTNER 2008
Chelodina (Chelodina) canni — TTWG 2014
Chelodina (Chelodina) canni — SHEA et al. 2020
Chelodina canni — TTWG 2021 
DistributionN Australia (Northern Territory)

Type locality: Malogie Waterhole, near Scarlet Hill on Kalala Station, Northern Territory, Australia.  
TypesHolotype: NTM 24515 
DiagnosisDescription: This is a small to medium-sized Chelid turtle with a long neck, moderately deep body-form and with only 4 claws on each forelimb. The head is moderately depressed, and the snout is blunt and the eyes tend to be laterally directed. In mature specimens the colouration varies somewhat depending upon location. The carapace may be brown to black and with or without brownish or blackish speckling. The ventral surface may be creamish or whitish, with the sutures of the plastral plates edged in black to a varying extent. Some other significant features of this species' morphology are: gular shields in contact in front of the intergular; inguinal musk glands present; plastron greatly expanded anteriorly, with the anterior lobes of the plastron rounded and not extending laterally any further than the inner edges of the marginals; intergular at least twice, or more than twice the length of the pectoral suture. Generally, the carapace is strongly convex, has a distinct vertebral groove and is more 'crinkled' or irregularly sculptured in surface pattern. The carapace is oval-shaped with some posterior expansion, but there is notable variation in shell shape from one area to another (after WELLS 2007). 
CommentSynonymy: after TTWG 2012.

Habitat: freshwater (rivers, swamps) 
EtymologyNamed after John Cann of Sydney, Australia, for his contributions to turtle biology. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bour, R. 2008. Global diversity of turtles (Chelonii; Reptilia) in freshwater. Hydrobiologia 595:593–598 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Escoriza Boj, D. 2005. Australia. Reptiles and Amphibians, Part 2: Desert and tropical savanna. Reptilia (GB) (41): 52-57 - get paper here
  • Georges, A. & Thomson, S. 2010. Diversity of Australasian freshwater turtles, with an annotated synonymy and keys to species. Zootaxa 2496: 1–37 - get paper here
  • Iverson, John B., Scott A. Thomson and Arthur Georges 2001. Validity of taxonomic changes for turtles proposed by Wells and Wellington. Journal of Herpetology 35 (3): 361-368 - get paper here
  • McCord, W. P. & S. A. Thomson 2002. A new species of Chelodina (Testudines: Pleurodira: Chelidae) from Northern Australia. Journal of Herpetology 36 (2): 255-267. - get paper here
  • McCord, W.P. & Joseph-Ouni, M. 2004. Chelonian Illustrations #12: Snake-necked and monotypic side-necked turtles of Indo-Australasia. Reptilia (GB) (32): 66-69 - get paper here
  • MCKNIGHT, DONALD T. & JENNIFER L. MCKNIGHT. 2021. CHELODINA CANNI (Cann’s Snake-necked Turtle). PREDATION. Herpetological Review 52 (3): 627–628. - get paper here
  • SHEA, GLENN; SCOTT THOMSON & ARTHUR GEORGES 2020. The identity of Chelodina oblonga Gray 1841 (Testudines: Chelidae) reassessed. Zootaxa 4779 (3): 419–437 - 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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