Elseya orestiad JOSEPH-OUNI & MCCORD, 2019
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|Higher Taxa||Chelidae, Chelodininae, Pleurodira, Testudines (turtles)|
|Synonym||Elseya orestiad JOSEPH-OUNI & MCCORD 2019|
Type locality: Cyclops Mountains, Papua Province, (New Guinean) Indonesia
|Types||Holotype: AMNH R-178719, adult female (Plate I) with a straight carapace length 148.46 mm, collected by F. Yuwono, November, 1994. Paratypes. AMNH R-178720, adult male (Plate I) with a|
straight carapace length 124.01 mm; AMNH R-178721, adult male (Plate I) with a straight carapace length 107.81 mm. Same
collection data as holotype.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A relatively small species in the genus Eiseya. characterized by the following combination of features: A reduced adult size that rarely exceeds 148 mm in males and 165 mm in females; a relatively smooth bordered oval carapace with minimal flaring in the hind marginals; minimal to no marginal serrations even in young specimens; a low gradually increasing carapace depth from posterior to anterior; vertebral scules with no median keel; a carapace that varies from unifonnly light to dark olive-brown in background coloration; lack of any definable pattern on the carapace except for random minimal thin black streaks and minor blotches on the scutes, although heavily dotted on the marginals; a head shield (casque) that does not dip sign ificantly, if at all, behind the orbit , with the longitudinal extensions of the head shie ld along the parietal arches narrow and not contacting the dorsal tympanum, being separated by 1-3 rows of small scales; a greenish-gray to greenbrown head shield with dark brown blotches, often elongated; with skin color of the dorsal neck, limbs, tail, and sides of the face being light to dark gray; a dark gray sclera with uniformly bright greenish-yellow iris with no appreciable flecking; and a relatively long, narrow intergular scute. Measurements of non-type series specimens in Appendix of Joseph-Ouni & McCord 2019.|
Comparisons: see Joseph-Ouni & McCord 2019: 47.
|Etymology||The species name is a reference to the nymphs that inhabited and protected the mountains and valleys in Ancient Greek mythology (the Orestiades, plural), which|
emerged to hunt and fish, in reference to the predatory nature of snapping turtles, as well as to this species' indigenous landscape.
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