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Claudius angustatus COPE, 1865

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Higher TaxaKinosternidae, Staurotypinae, Kinosternoidea, Testudines (turtles)
Common NamesE: Narrow-bridged Musk Turtle
G: Großkopf-Schlammschildkröte
S: Talmame 
SynonymClaudius angustatus COPE 1865: 187
Claudius megalocephalus BOCOURT 1868
Claudius angustatus — GÜNTHER 1885: 12
Claudius angustatus BOULENGER 1889
Claudius angustatus — LINER 1994:31
Claudius angustatus — KÖHLER 2000: 25
Claudius angustatus — RHODIN et al. 2010
Claudius angustatus — TTWG 2021 
DistributionMexico (at low elevations in C Veracruz, N Oaxaca, Chiapas, Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco),
N Guatemala, Belize

Type locality: "Tabasco, Mexico".  
TypesHolotype: USNM 6525; according to Iverson (1986:132), parts of the same specimen originally were catalogued as both USNM 6518 and 6525 (after KING & BURKE 1989). 
CommentDoes not occur on the Yucatan Peninsula fide KING & BURKE 1989.

Type species: Claudius angustatus COPE 1865 is the type species of the genus Claudius COPE 1865.

Habitat: freshwater (swamps, quiet rivers) 
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  • Calderon Mandujano, René, Rogelio Cedeño-Vázquez and Carmen Pozo 2001. Geographic distribution. Claudius angustatus. Herpetological Review 32 (3):191 - get paper here
  • Campbell, J.A. 1998. Amphibians and reptiles of northern Guatemala, the Yucatán, and Belize. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, xiii + 380 pp. - get paper here
  • Casas-Andreu, G., F.R. Méndez-De la Cruz and X. Aguilar-Miguel. 2004. Anfibios y Reptiles; pp. 375–390, in A.J.M. García-Mendoza, J. Ordoñez and M. Briones-Salas (ed.). Biodiversidad de Oaxaca. Instituto de Biología, UNAM-Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza-World Wildlife Fund, México, D. F.
  • Cedeño-Vázquez, J. Rogelio and Pablo M. Beutelspacher-García. 2016. Distribution Notes. Claudius angustatus Cope, 1865. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (1): 208 - get paper here
  • Cervantes-López MJ, Arasa-Gisbert R, Hernández-Ordóñez O, Arroyo-Rodríguez V 2021. Distribution extension and first verified records for Narrow-bridged Musk Turtle, Claudius angustatus Cope, 1865 (Testudines, Kinosternidae) in the Selva Lacandona, Mexico. Check List 17(6): 1639-1646 - get paper here
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